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 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:20 pm 

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why can't I edit that ? Trying imgur for pictures since this doesn't seem to like google

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:43 pm 

Replies: 245
Views: 191433

I've been trying this without breeding success for a while now, haven't figured out a name for my future youtube channel and bug store yet so I haven't posted anything. These flies hatched from store-bought larvae from last year that were well fed and then the pupae overwintered in this enclosure in...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Outdoor open breeding without wild flies available? 120f hea

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:57 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 4156

Exactly, less food and cooler. Mine went dormant when average temps went below 70F. Any luck with this? I am considering it too; I have piles of outdoor manure and am invaded by the local annoying flies. I'd much rather have BSF's coming out than these annoying ones. Sure, they would not survive the...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Heat Light for indoor setup

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:33 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 3379

ah, probably. I have a 60W ceramic on my bearded dragon, and that's quite a bit of heat. You could put it on a thermostat too. cheap electronic controller on amazon or I took a house one that was super cheap and hacked the temp range.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Heat Light for indoor setup

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 6:56 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 3379

Depends on the thermal resistivity (insulation) of the enclosure. I would start small and see. I had an incubator made of a plastic box about the same size as what you have and had 240W of bulbs in it to keep it up around 34C. Was not very efficient. My plastic bins in the west window would warm up ...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Raising insect super soldiers to combat growing food waste

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:19 pm 

Replies: 1
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Fascinating, never thought about domesticating and selectively breeding them. Singapore is probably the best place for them. With the heat and humidity, food goes sour fast, and the many food courts and the markets produce a lot of food waste. And they can use them to feed all the fish farms or send...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Growing superworms for the future

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:08 pm 

Replies: 2
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Interesting. I got 1,000 superworms the same time as the BSFL; awful smelly creatures when they die for some reason, terrible, but they were able to chew through some pretty tough stuff, also ate fresh rabbit manure, though rather slowly compared to the BSFL. More tolerant of low humidity, but in my...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Waxy residue

 Post subject: Re: Waxy residue
Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:50 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 4650

I'll try a small batch next time we get some JF. We're in Colorado so when we get it, it is not a common treat around here.

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Favourite Foods - Favourites, not what they will eat but FAV

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:41 am 

Replies: 4
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Of my limited tests so far, and I am new but running regular tests, fresh raw red meat (rabbit in this case) got the best results, 2nd was slightly spoiled cucumber, 3rd egg yolk, 4th beef tacos, but they all get close. Cabbage was the least liked out the veggies so far; apples, lettuce, carrot, ric...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:28 am 

Replies: 34
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Update on rove beetle; after a few days it ate ALL of the FFL and it looks like it ate some spoiled apple core as well. If it is that good at eliminating FFL, I think its worth putting in with the dubias. I think I would want them to stay out of the BSFL bin. Way too aggressive. I think the roaches ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:05 pm 

Replies: 34
Views: 25931

Rove beetles can be fierce. I found one in my bin. I don't know if it was there to eat or lay eggs. I sometimes see them around the trays of rabbit manure. It is kind of disturbing how confident they are. There are some youtube vids of school kids saying they've been bitten by them. A week later, I ...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: No crawl off

 Post subject: Re: No crawl off
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:43 am 

Replies: 4
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I think I am seeing something different here, in my very dry climate. Humidity is low, and I am adding beer and water daily to my bin. I put them on a time lapse cam and I see the ready to pupate guys going all directions. I don't have their escape route ready yet. But really they are going full spe...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Apple cider vinegar

 Post subject: Re: Apple cider vinegar
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:36 am 

Replies: 1
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Ethanol, which is also required for vinegar, I assume from my observations is also a powerful attractant for fruit flies. And I have noticed the larvae like beer. I'd be interested to know if that is an attractant to the fly gals.

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Melbourne biotech company breeds flies

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:21 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 3081

I felt a strange feeling when I was watching over my batch towards the end of drinking my beer. I felt like they wanted it, then my higher executive functions (or what was left of them) said no, we use alcohol to kill. But after this article, I poured the last of my flat beer on the rabbit poop and ...

 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Howdy from Noth Texas

 Post subject: Re: Howdy from Noth Texas
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:13 am 

Replies: 5
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Howdy Mr. Hockett, Nice to see you here, I just joined myself. I'm a North Texan myself, though I now live and raise my children in suburban Denver, Colorado. I'm also doing the rabbit manure and testing them day by day with other things, but I only started last week. You have more experience than I...

 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Howdy from Marlon from Colorado

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:05 pm 

Replies: 1
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Hello from Lakewood, Colorado! :D Great forum here, a lot of fascinating info from you guys. My BSF are supposed to arrive tomorrow (from Florida). I'm an electrical engineer and raise giant rabbits as a hobby. I'm keen on composting and currently keep dubia roaches and red wigglers indoors, and a w...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Indoor Breeding with Arduino

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:30 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 35426

I also don't like the fact that we have to use AC current flicking at 60 Hz when some insects, like firefly or houseflies are known to see at very high frames per second, higher than 60 frames per second, enabling them to actually see the light flickering, so DC current may be more proper to use fo...
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