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http://www.insectscience.org/10.202/
http://jinsectscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/10/1/202

2010

Zhang J, Huang L, He J, Tomberlin JK, Li J, Lei C, Sun M, Liu Z, Yu Z.

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An artificial light source influences mating and oviposition of black soldier flies, Hermetia illucens

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Current methods for mass-rearing black soldier flies, Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), in the laboratory are dependent on sunlight. Quartz-iodine lamps and rare earth lamps were examined as artificial light sources for stimulating H. illucens to mate and lay eggs. Sunlight was used as the control. Adults in the quartz-iodine lamp treatment had a mating rate of 61% of those in the sunlight control. No mating occurred when the rare earth lamp was used as a substitute. Egg hatch for the quartz-iodine lamp and sunlight treatments occurred in approximately 4 days, and the hatch rate was similar between these two treatments. Larval and pupal development under these treatments required approximately 18 and 15 days at 28┬░ C, respectively. Development of methods for mass rearing of H. illucens using artificial light will enable production of this fly throughout the year without investing in greenhouse space or requiring sunlight.


The study concluded that "... wavelengths from 450 to 700 nm were influencing mating behavior". That matches light from a Compact Fluorescent Light according to this FDA (link) "Since CFLs are designed to provide general illumination, the majority of the light emitted by CFLs is localized to the visible region of the spectrum (approximately 400-700 nm in wavelength). In addition, typical CFLs emit a small amount of UVB (280-315 nm), UVA (315-400 nm) and infrared (> 700 nm) radiation."

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BorealWormer wrote:
The study concluded that "... wavelengths from 450 to 700 nm were influencing mating behavior". That matches light from a Compact Fluorescent Light according to this FDA (link) "Since CFLs are designed to provide general illumination, the majority of the light emitted by CFLs is localized to the visible region of the spectrum (approximately 400-700 nm in wavelength). In addition, typical CFLs emit a small amount of UVB (280-315 nm), UVA (315-400 nm) and infrared (> 700 nm) radiation."


I HATE those compact flourescent light bulbs! But I'm glad to hear they may help BSF in indoor conditions. At least they're good for something!

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Post Re: An artificial light source influences mating and oviposi
The link shown at the top of the post is broken.
You can get it here http://jinsectscience.oxfordjournals.or ... t/10/1/202
The specs for their quartz-iodine (i.e. halogen) lamp seem to be as follows:-


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The link shown at the top of the post is broken.
You can get it here http://jinsectscience.oxfordjournals.or ... t/10/1/202
Added to the original post. Thank you.

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Conversion Factors: ┬Ámols to Lux
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