The composition and preparation of a general purpose artificial diet for rearing insects is described. Forty-one species were reared for one generation or more, and 56 species were partially reared or maintained on this diet. The advantages and applications of using a single diet for multiple-species rearing are described.
The diet is economical (NZ $2.37 per kg) for general laboratory rearing. In freeze-dried form it can be used for bioassays of pathogens, pesticides, insect growth regulators, plant resistant chemicals and other toxins, and has a potential market in the development of insect rearing kitsets for educational purposes.