skates4marty wrote:Of the 24-hr old black C's that you've had, what percent have eclosed and been normal? I am babysitting 20 C's for a friend who had unusually high mortality in the spring. Yesterday, I "delivered" one dying B in the afternoon. So the other 2 black C's I left until today. Both eclosed on their own, but had slightly crumpled wings and could not fly.
I don't get any that survive if they don't emerge within the 6 hour period .. I just don't like to call it an actual failure until the 24 hour mark has passed. Today I finally removed 5 bad C's. 3 of them turned out to have parasitic fly maggots emerge and their pupas were on the bottom of the containers. Had I thrown the C's away yesterday, the flies could have gotten out into the wild to infect more pillars....now they are safely popped into the freezer.
I'm actually surprised this year... 8 cases of parasitic flies, but no wasps as of yet. I usually get one wasp infection each year but none so far. :::fingers crossed:::