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Hans van Gossum, Adolfo Cordero Rivera and Rosana Sánchez

Abstract

Rearing damselflies under laboratory conditions is a promising means of solving a variety of biological questions. Therefore, in order to improve the success of future researchers we felt the need to indicate potential difficulties in carrying out rearing experiments. Laboratory crosses were obtained using virgin animals originating from natural populations in Belgium and Spain. Resulting offspring was maintained, under laboratory conditions, in small aquaria until emergence and in insectaries as adults. Our results show that keeping damselflies during their entire life cycle under artificial conditions can be very difficult. We suggest that future researchers should change water regularly, supply sufficient food, and rear animals at low density or even individually. Furthermore, suggestions are given on type of food, advisable laboratory conditions and female oviposition methodology.