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Nasonia vitripennis is a parasitoid of a number of calliphorid flies, such as S. bullata. S. bullata are relatively large, increasing the offspring yield that a single N. vitripennis female can produce. They are also easily reared in the lab if proper ventilation is available.
Problem: larvae appear dry, sticky, or covered with foam
Solution: wet hands and sift through larvae. Usually a small amount of water is sufficient for them to begin to clean themselves off. Use paper towel to mop up foam or standing liquid. Change paper towels under bin if they are wet.
JHW and DL acknowledge support from the NIH 1 R24 GM084917-01 and assistance from Rachel Edwards, Jon Giebel, Michael Clark and Rhitoban Raychoudhury.