Could somebody share some advice on breeding Pieris brassicae in laboratory conditions/at home. I’ve already read the previous treads here, but perhaps somebody of you could catch what am I doing wrong so my butterflies don’t breed. Now with the summer season ahead I’m looking forward to collecting some new individuals in the wild, but I need to find a solution as I need to establish a stable population all year long.
The individuals were collected in the wild last year as caterpillars and now are emerging from their winter hibernation. The colony is held in 60x60x60 BugDorm cage, fed with 10% honey solution, at 26 degrees C, 16:8 L:D cycle under led lamps (about 5000Lux in the cage center, 3000K light bulbs). The air humidity in the room is about 30% RH, but I’m spraying the cage regularly, so it should be higher inside. For oviposition a Brassica oleracea is placed into the cage. For now several females and males have emerged, but there are no eggs (well, there were 18 seperate ones, in a clusters with 5,10,3 eggs together that didn't hatch). Butterflies are feeding regularly as well as drinking distilled water from cage walls once it is sprayed.
I understand that lighting could be a key factor to successful breeding. Are there any specific lamps You could suggest to use for rearing Lepidoptera? I’ve found some old scientific articles that bilateral light could achieve better results, but I haven’t tried it jet.