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#1 2016-04-28 12:58:36

MartinJ
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Rearing/Culture of Crane flies in laboratory

Does anyone know of some place where they are rearing/culture crane flies for research purposes?

I work in the field of molecular palaeontology at Lund University in Sweden and we are interested in getting reference samples of extant crane flies, in particular of the eyes, to compare with some fossil specimens we have in our laboratory. We need a fair amount of crane flies (probably several hundred or more) to be able to extract and work with the molecular materials we are interested in.

Any information on this would be much appreciated!

Thanks and best wishes!
/Martin

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#2 2016-04-28 21:15:43

johnkramer
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Re: Rearing/Culture of Crane flies in laboratory

Do you need several hundred adult craneflies (family Tipulidae) to study the compound eyes of just one species, or do you need a range of species from the four different families ??  There are sometimes infestations in grassland of Tipula paludosa larvae, the adults of which emerge in the Autumn.  You may be able to collect late-stage larvae and let them develop to adults.  I know of no other source.  Watering grassland with a very dilute formalin solution in August may be your best bet.
John K

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