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 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: BSF larvae development (mortality)....

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:40 pm 

Replies: 61
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Very interesting information and observations guys. I am also experiencing higher than normal mortality in my new bin and I used to think it was heat stress but I have seen a few mites in the bin and will add some hydrated lime in the next few days. I also have noticed the thin exoskeleton and obser...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:37 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

So the smell did not get any better in fact it got much worse. The bottom of the bin has always been a challenge and I'm sure I haven't found the right solution but whatever your grubs are sitting in should have some kind of porous, absorbent, or drainage mechanism incorporated or else you will have...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:11 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

A long due update on how things are going over here... we ended up killing off the 2nd generation before they were able to pupate due to the high temperatures. After reconstructing the box we started over with a new 5,000 large grubs and have had them for about a week. In order to combat the heat th...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Greenhouse Based Systems

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:58 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 28557

I'm honored that my system was pictured above however, I just want to put a disclaimer out there, the bin in the picture is not functioning and has not been fully operational yet. It was merely a first attempt at a large scale bin that fell a bit short. I suggest looking at the thread to see more do...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:14 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

All of the egg masses were laid inside the flutes except one which was deposited on the clothespin in the tiny space behind the spring holding the two wooden pieces together. I made cardboard sandwiches about the size of a deck of cards and put them on the rim each cup and found eggs laid either ins...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:14 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

As of today, most of the grubs are about 2-4mm long. However, I did notice one GIANT grub already that cant be more than 3 weeks old and is already half an inch or so, my guess is it must have found something really good to eat? I have dumped out all of the egg traps and counted 4 or 5 separate egg ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:38 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

Some of the eggs have now hatched, as I closely observed a miniature piece of rice start moving along the side of the tote. I was expecting them to go down into the cups, but they are probably going to be all over the bin and For all i know, an adult could have just laid eggs in the sawdust. However...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:29 pm 

Replies: 51
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Another update as of 2/21. We have eggs! On one of the cups, there were eggs deposited not in the cardboard gaps, but underneath the clothespin in the space of about a dime. since last week the soggy bagel and banana have now turned to a nice filamentous, technicolor pile of mold, on top of the UCG....

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:57 pm 

Replies: 51
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Right now my egg traps are little plastic cups with coffee grounds and other food material. I've been keeping them moist daily with a spray bottle because humidity is an issue here, the coffee grounds can turn to dust after a few days. I would expect the tiny little larvae have to find something wet...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:05 pm 

Replies: 51
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Well its been a few more weeks and I think the adults are starting to come out. we have about 15 healthy adults buzzing around the breeder, and two have been observed in the mating position, back to back. I have 2 egg traps set up now, one with coffee grounds and moldy fish pellets, the other with c...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Mass Rearing Of Black Soldier Fly

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:38 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 7121

I'd be curious to see what phoenixworm and reptiworms facilities look like. If BSFL based fish feed gets going and accepted by aquaculturists, I think there will have to be a lot more places that produce BSFL in masses. Jobs for everyone :P

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Best conditions for Larvae Turning into Flies

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:30 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 14557

I have a clear plastic breeding tote with a few hundred dark grubs. I placed them in sawdust and then added some wet sponges for moisture and a cup of moist used coffee grounds with cardboard for egg laying. This has been set up for 3 weeks now and I am seeing a contradiction. These grubs are congre...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:19 pm 

Replies: 51
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Thanks for the responses guys, I have just one questions about their attraction to the sponges. I thought they would seek dry shelter once they were in the last instar, but that clearly is not the case. I have one theory tho, that the sawdust might not provide them with the "sheltered" fee...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:05 pm 

Replies: 51
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the breeder has been set up for 2 weeks now. So far we have had about 5 adults emerge and no eggs laid. The most interesting thing thats happened so far is that some of the grubs are still moving. Today there were about 50 grubs that had moved from the sawdust, across the tote and underneath the spo...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:22 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

we had 3 adults emerge over the weekend. One drowned in a dab of water sitting in the corner of the tote and the other two I believe are males, I witnessed them come together in the air and land with lots of wing beats and kicking and then they separated without going tail to tail like the mating co...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:05 pm 

Replies: 51
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http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/d3strukto/photo-1.jpg here is how the set up has looked for the last week or so, with the grubs in the orange bucket, the space heater and the water bucket with airstones and an aquarium heater for humidity. overall it worked pretty well but the space heater k...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:51 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

The "dead" ones will stay in the bucket...just going to pull out the dark ones and get them set up in the sawdust for the breeder but I think there is clear distinction between dead grubs and inactive grubs, dead ones tend to be wrinkled, shrivled and squishy/soft. the inactive ones are st...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:16 pm 

Replies: 51
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had our first crawl off today! breeding tote is coming together this afternoon. Some grub activity but i think most of them have hit prepupal state or are just hibernating or dead... I am going to sort out as many dark grubs as i can today and pray that some emerge at the same time...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:04 am 

Replies: 51
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As for expanding into the barracks by spring, that is the plan, but now I need to set up the breeding tote. I have a lot of end stage grubs that are in the bucket as well as some that are still feeding so I know they are ready. Im also wondering if adults could just emerge from the bucket and lay eg...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF project in Colorado

 Post subject: Re: BSF project in Colorado
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:48 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 40654

After we added the small bucket full of water with an airstone and aquarium heater the humidity read at 40% and rose overnight to 70-80%. By the 2nd day it was reading "HI" and then too much condensation built up inside, making the thermometer unreadable.
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