We were very excited to find these eggs in the container along with the live female. Therefore, we decided to try to hatch them. Special thanks to William Nicholson and Graham Hickling who provided the necessary instructions, and to Jim, Lynn, Heather, Emily and the rest of my awesome lab staff who made it all happen. It turns out that hatching larvae from eggs is not a straight-forward process. The eggs need to be maintained around room temperature, and importantly, need to be kept in a humid environment (e.g. 80-90%). Also, they need to be monitored regularly for fungal growth which could kill them (I can provide instructions to anyone who is interested). To accomplish this, we set up the following humidity chamber:
We then patiently waited for several weeks, monitoring the eggs closely.
As a reminder, here is what the eggs shortly after being laid (May 20):
We were excited to see that they appeared to mature after ~4.5 weeks of incubation (June 17):
By June 23rd, they looked ready to hatch:
And sure enough, by the next day we had hatching larvae!