Post by irisscientist on Dec 21, 2011 2:40:01 GMT -8
The most cited references for artificial diets for insects appears to come from Pritam Singh. He published a book in 1977 (Artificial Diets for Insects, Mites, and Spiders) detailing the ingredients for a general purpose recipe for rearing insects. The book can be found on Amazon and it's details can be found here:
Albeit for use with Stem Weevil's, in summary the relevant diet details were as follows:
Artificial diet for larvae was a modification of a general purpose diet (Singh 1977). The following ingredients were mixed together and autoclaved at 16 psi and 120°C: 1000 ml distilled water, 40 g agar, 30 g casein, 100 g cellulose powder (C11, Whatman), 5 g Wesson's salts, 30 g wheat germ, 30 g sucrose, 3 g glucose, 3 g trehalose, 200 mg inositol, 1250 mg methyl para hydroxybenzoate and 900 mg sorbic acid. After autoclaving, 500 mg cholesterol and 2 ml linseed oil were then mixed in. The following were added after cooling to 70°C: 3 g ascorbic acid, 2 g choline chloride, 20 mg niacin, 20 mg calcium pantothenate, 5 mg thiamine, 10 mg riboflavin, 5 mg pyridoxine, 5 mg folic acid, 400 pg biotin, 40pg vitamin B12, 350 mg penicillin, 350 mg streptomycin, and 2 ml 10% formaldehyde. All ingredients were mixed together thoroughly and the diet was poured into plastic Petri dishes and left to set.
Considering the complexity of the diet ingredients however, you may simply find it easier to locate the relevant larval food plant, even in NYC!