Raising praying mantises – Raising insects

August 3, 2021

Praying mantises only eat live prey. It is therefore necessary to provide for a supply of food by another breeding of insects, by catches or by the purchase of insects in animal stores. It is easy to catch adult mantises because they move slowly and are harmless to humans. We can easily distinguish the males, smaller, from […]

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Raising mealworms – Raising insects

August 3, 2021

Equipment The mealworm is an excellent candidate for domestic breeding. It is silent and easy to handle. About sixty larvae, easy to find in pet stores, are enough to start breeding. You will also need: • at least three plastic containers with lids. To ensure good ventilation, make an opening in the lid and cover it with mosquito […]

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Raising House crickets – Raising insects

August 3, 2021

To start a house cricket farm, get a few pairs of breeding adults from a pet store. Make sure you have as many males as there are females. The latter are distinguished by the elongated egg-laying organ at the end of their abdomen. The vivarium Cleanliness is essential for successful breeding. Use a transparent, easy-to-clean, airtight and well-ventilated […]

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Build an anthill – Raising insects

August 3, 2021

Prepare the material What is needed for the harvest A plow to collect soil. A container to put the earth. A spoon to collect the ants. A container for transporting ants. What you need to prepare the anthill A jar of at least one liter with a lid fitted with a metal washer, the washer […]

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Raising insects – Entomology

July 22, 2021

Why breed insects? There are a host of reasons for keeping insects. These motivations range from simple curiosity to mass production for commercial purposes. Whether individually, with the family, at school or in the laboratory, insect breeding has many reasons for being: Learn more about the biology of an insect. Obtain complete larval stages and life cycles. […]

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Buying insects – Entomology

July 22, 2021

While many collectors only own insects that they have hunted themselves, others do not hesitate to pay to obtain specimens that they wish to add to their collection. The purchase of specimens is worth considering, as it can contribute to poor populations of some species. Insects valued by collectors, like other animals and wild plants, can […]

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Maintenance of an insects collection – Entomology

July 22, 2021

If you’ve spent hours hunting insects, transcribing notes on tiny labels, and patiently displaying dozens of specimens, you know how precious the contents of an entomological box are. Like any other valuable item, your insect collection deserves to be well protected. The main dangers that threaten it are humidity and… insects. Too much moisture is manifested by […]

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Identification of specimens – Entomology

July 22, 2021

To learn more about a particular insect, it helps to know its name. In order to get there, we must first determine to which order it belongs. In entomology, the order designates a large group of insects that share common characteristics (for example, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera…). Determining the order is the first and most important step in identification. Then, […]

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Preserve specimens / insects – Entomology

July 22, 2021

Methods of preserving specimens vary depending on the type of insect and the intended use. Here are the most common ways to properly store your specimens. The papillotes Papillotes are triangular or rectangular, semi-transparent or transparent envelopes of paper. They are used for large winged insects and allow many unmounted specimens to be stored in one box. […]

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How to kill insects? – Entomology

July 22, 2021

There are different methods of killing an insect. Each has its pros and cons, but here are the best options available to you. Freezing This simple and effective method does not require the use of chemicals. Use it in preference to others when possible. To kill insects by cold, put them in the freezer for at least […]

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Collecting Insects – Entomology

July 22, 2021

It is often the beauty of insects that prompts people to start a collection. You catch a beautiful butterfly, you want to keep it, and this is the start of a new and exciting hobby! As your collection grows, you will find that it will give you much more than the satisfaction of having beautiful bugs […]

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Insect study – Entomology

July 21, 2021

The world of arthropods is a rich, complex and fascinating universe. Whoever is interested in it enters a circle of initiates, amateurs or professionals, who have undergone the powerful attraction of these beings with multiple shapes and surprising customs. This little-known fauna arouses curiosity and astonishment, sometimes fear, but above all a host of questions. From this […]

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