Drosophila and Small Insect Chambers
Drosophila and small insect chambers offer a comfortable and controlled environment for breeding, rearing, incubating or experimenting with various insects. Species that are commonly raised in our insect growth chambers include Drosophila melanogaster (the common fruit fly), mosquitos, and sand flies. We offer a variety of sizes, from a 6 cubic foot undercounter unit, to a 31 cubic foot upright model. The full range of sizes offered is detailed in the table below.
Because different insect species, and research with them, requires differing levels of temperature/lighting/humidity control, we offer several different options packages for our drosophila and small insect chambers:
- Level 1 – temperature control, with a glass door for room light penetration, an interior door light with an on/off switch, and an RH meter to observe humidity levels.
- Level 2 – temperature control, with a solid (opaque) door to block out room lighting, 2 lights (vertical lights in the upright models, horizontal lights in the undercounter model) with the on/off cycle controlled by a programmable digital clock, and an RH meter to observe humidity levels.
- Level 3 – the same temperature and lighting control as in level 2, but with a humidistat-controlled ultrasonic humidity generator to provide additive humidity.
Level 1 and 2 chambers have a normal vapor compressor to provide cooling and have a temperature range of 5-60°C with a digital temperature control and display. Level 3 chambers are equipped with a Peltier (thermoelectric) cooling unit and have a temperature range of 15-60°C. Since the acids produced by drosophila growth media can corrode even a coated coil in the high humidity environment created in level 3 chambers, using a Peltier cooler allows us to eliminate that point of failure by removing the evaporator coil altogether. The Peltier cooler is also available as an option in any upright level 2 chamber.
The temperature flexibility in our drosophila and small insect chambers allows our incubators to be used in the rearing of many different types of insects, not just drosophila and mosquitos. The chambers come with temperature failsafes to protect the chamber in the unlikely event of a temperature excursion. Casters, epoxy-coated wire shelves and a 60°C mite cycle are standard features on all models. Additionally, there are many available options to customize the chamber to meet your specific needs. See our accessories page for a complete list of these options.