Saturday, September 29, 2012
Rearing Statistics from the Luna Moth rearing project
All throughout the efforts to rear these Luna Moth - Actias luna - caterpillars we have been keeping records. In 2004, I designed this rearing data sheet - an Excel spreadsheet that helps me to keep track of what happened during the process. Here is the summary sheet from this effort.
Page 1: The Summary Sheet
Here you can see that the female Luna was captured on July 27, 2012 and laid 143 ova. Of these 143 ova 102 hatched ( 71.33% ) and of the 102 caterpillars 69 made it to Pupation and 30 or so have actually eclosed and been released. This sheet chronicles the 31 days from First Instar to Pupation.
For each rearing effort we try to photograph every stage in the process. These larval records are valuable when we look back and compare the rearing process against other batches we have raised.
This worksheet in the Excel workbook contains pictures of each stage.
We have rearing results for a number of different species. If you are interested in rearing caterpillars or if you would like a copy of our Excel Workbok for your own rearing efforts - please contact us by clicking here.
Bob Nuelle, Jr.
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