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 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Howdy from Noth Texas

 Post subject: Re: Howdy from Noth Texas
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:46 pm 

Replies: 5
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Welcome to our community. You didn't mention what your end use for the larvae is but you might want to check out the Regulations regarding feeding insects to livestock (link) topic.

 Forum: BSF byproducts   Topic: Harvesting the BSF waste for using it in the garden

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:19 pm 

Replies: 2
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Tommie welcome to our forum :) If you'd like you can introduce yourself here (link).

Where are you located? In most climates the adult BSF are not present during the winter so no new eggs are laid. During this period you can wait for all the larvae to crawl off then harvest the frass.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:49 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 143

It sounds like you're recommending I have a lid on the tote. I hadn't thought of that. Since you have wild BSF around they'll be attracted to the frass so the lid should stop them from laying eggs. Even when I check daily there are still a few flies that manage to eclose in the pail. In my case I'm...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:36 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 143

Looking forward to hearing how it works for you Susan. One suggestion is to not allow the larvae enough time to pupate and eclose as adults. The last thing you want is for adults to mate and lay eggs in your tote so check it frequently. Just in case it might be an idea to use an opaque tote as I don...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Manna from manure

 Post subject: Manna from manure
Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:28 am 

Replies: 0
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The New Economy of Excrement
http://www.nature.com/news/the-new-econ ... nt-1.22591

A pretty far ranging article about new ways to utilize sewage. Efforts by AgriProtein, a Cape Town-based firm, are detailed in the section titled "Manna from manure"

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:29 pm 

Replies: 8
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Susan I'm very small scale (apartment). My main bin is a storage tote with a margarine tub for the larvae. When the tub is full of frass I transfer about half of it to another tub which is kept in an ice cream pail with a lid. I check that daily and transfer any larvae that have crawled out the tub ...

 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Howdy from Marlon from Colorado

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:27 pm 

Replies: 1
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Welcome to our community. Looking forward to hearing how your indoor BSF colony progresses. Your experience with rearing other insects should be a big help. The adult flies are pretty docile and escapees usually end up perched on the nearest sunny window. There will always be a few larvae that wande...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Insect-based technologies: How buzzing is lending a hand

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:21 pm 

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Insect-based technologies: How buzzing is lending a hand https://www.wamda.com/2017/09/insect-based-technologies-buzzing-lending-hand An interesting angle about how insect based livestock feed requires less water. Excerpt: Flies as waste managers Startups and small scale livestock owners are not th...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Commercial Operations Using BSFL

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:15 pm 

Replies: 17
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Insect-based technologies: How buzzing is lending a hand https://www.wamda.com/2017/09/insect-based-technologies-buzzing-lending-hand Excerpt: Flies as waste managers Next Protein is another Tunisian startup that has its eyes on flying insects but for a different purpose. Rather than producing food...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:40 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 143

No suggestions other than what you mentioned (a second bin to alternate with) but I would imagine that there are a few folks here who would love to have your problem ;) With my small indoor system I'm able to isolate the frass from the adults and transfer any larvae that self harvest back to the mai...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Trying to breed indoors?

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:38 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 387

The egg traps are not a necessity but placed close to the food source they can be an easy way to find and quantify egg clutches. University researchers would use them in cages which had no other attractive sites for the gravid females to lay their eggs. Your temperatures sound find and mating flies ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Trying to breed indoors?

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:55 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 387

Aziara wrote:
... Do I need more/different lighting? Or have I not given them long enough to breed?
I think the lighting should be fine for the size of the bin. Do you have any egg traps? See BSF egg traps made easy (link)

What are the temperatures in the bin?

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Give A Cluck

 Post subject: Give A Cluck
Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:05 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 149

A funny piece about advertising campaign for insect based chicken feed: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/306702/arnold-gave-a-cluck-and-won-the-boston-brandathon.html Excerpt: "The startup Arnold worked to rebrand was Kulisha, a provider of alternative animal feeds. The agency use...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Larva stage identification

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:50 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 135

Welcome to our forum :) If you'd like you can introduce yourself here (link).

I don't have a link for you but except for size all but the last instar look pretty much the same. The larva develops through six instars, the last of which is reddish-brown or coffee colored.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Need input on outdoor sheltered breeding

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:38 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 159

Are you planning to heat the coop? I don't know that you get enough consistent sunshine over the winter to keep things warm enough.

See the BioSystems Design Blog's "A Primer on Black Soldier Fly" (link) for the conditions required.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSFL project from Ghana

 Post subject: Re: BSFL project from Ghana
Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:47 pm 

Replies: 1
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Welcome to our forum :) If you'd like you can introduce yourself here (link).

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Trying to breed indoors?

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:44 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 387

Aziara welcome to our forum :) If you'd like you can introduce yourself here ( link ). You may want to look at the Small Scale Indoor Breeding topic ( link ) for some ideas although your project sounds a bit larger in scale. Here's a short summary of lighting used by people who have been successful ...

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: VENEZUELA, BOLIVAR CITY Mapping BSf

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:20 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 171

You're on the map ( link ). We're also interested in any future seasonal data you can provide. The flies are most active in warm weather but we would like to get more definite data on their active season. Dates of first sighting in the spring and last in the fall would be ideal and can be posted here.

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: VENEZUELA, BOLIVAR CITY Mapping BSf

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:24 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 171

Thanks Diegorinoco. Your location will be added to our map shortly.

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 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: Maturin, Monagas State, Venezuela

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:53 pm 

Replies: 1
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Erzsebet you're on the map ( link ). We're also interested in any future seasonal data you can provide. The flies are most active in warm weather but we would like to get more definite data on their active season. Dates of first sighting in the spring and last in the fall would be ideal and can be p...
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