Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lab Crisis

We are having a crisis in the butterfly breeding lab. We have been caring for over 1,000 caterpillars from the five species that we are attempting to do restoration work with. They are dying at an alarming rate. The good news is that we know what the immediate cause of death is: a bacterial infection. The bad news is that we have a bacterial outbreak in the lab. Posting to the blog may be a bit thin for the next little while here, though I will try provide periodic updates. I have some ideas about how to solve the problem. I hope that we are not too late in the sense that all of our current stock is infected and therefore doomed. More (and, I hope, better) news as I get it.


At 10:14, Blogger Ur-spo said...

how awful.
but I suppose these terrible things do happen from time to time when there are so many living things in a confined area.
Good luck Doug

At 20:12, Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...

WOW...I hope your work isn't completely ruined. I have a butterfly picture that I took a while back, and every time I see it, I think of your work and that I should post it...maybe tonight. Good luck to you Doug.

At 14:35, Blogger rodger said...

I hate those two words used in combination - "bacterial outbreak". Best of luck to you Doug!


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