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Re: Live Foods Digest V2 #147

On Sun, 9 Aug 1998, Live Foods Digest wrote: 
> Date: Sat, 08 Aug 1998 23:32:47 -0700
> From: Jeremy <adamsjer at ucs_orst.edu>
> Subject: Masquito's
> Do masquitos lay eggs that can dry up and become dormant? I went to my
> favorite Daphnia collecting pond and it had finally dried up:-( So I got to
> thinking that I would collect a whole bunch of the top layer pieces of
> sediment. They kind of form hard sheets when dried if you have never seen a
> dried up pond before. I figured I would hatch the resting daphnia eggs in the
> substate. Well I have seen no daphnia yet but tons of masquto larva are showng
> up. This is all happening in my basement (never seen a masquito down there
> before). The stuff has been in water for over 2 weeks. Maquito larva are good
> food but I was hopping for daphnia. Drats.
> Jeremy

	Jerry, the reason that you only found mosquito eggs in the top crust
of the dried pond is because that is the surface sludge (ie floating algae
and duckweed) in which mosquitos lay floating egg rafts.  If you want
Daphnia eggs, you must get the layer under that.

J Man