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 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Need tips and hints on a DIY bin

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 6:23 pm 

Replies: 10
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Tarvus, I like the bin idea, especially since I can build that pretty easily. Although I will definitely down size it some and probably only put on one ramp. Couple of questions though. 1. Is there a screen on the opening in the bottom? How do you keep all the material from falling out? 2. Do you p...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Greenhouse, Red-worms and BSF

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:49 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 34159

Thanks Tarvus. I was hoping you'd stop by as you've been in the 'hothouse' so to speak. Did you ever have any issues with BSF in your worm bins? Worm bins are BSF magnets in my experience, BW. Having kept worms in both Georgia and Florida, I have never had a worm bin that did not attract BSF eventu...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Greenhouse, Red-worms and BSF

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:41 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 34159

Maximum w/Survival: Larvae survive at temperatures up to 45 C (113 F). (1) I captive bred a few years back in a greenhouse tent that would routinely hit daytime temps of 120-130F that lasted for many hours. I had no issues with die off of either larvae or adult BSF. (I did keep the bins on the grou...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Importation of BSF from Central America

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:27 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 7028

Awesome results there, Agropisa!

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: A rotten year for BSF in southwest Florida

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:50 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 12812

We had a surge of adults emerging and for a week had 20 or so adults on the walls of the greenhouse. Lots of activity and mating seen, but no visible egg clusters. Since my colony is just starting out and there aren't that many feeding larvae, I am hoping eggs have been laid on the dry coir or food...

 Forum: Sustainability forum   Topic: Entomophagy

 Post subject: Re: Entomophagy
Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:50 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 30826

BorealWormer wrote:
BSF or BSFL?


BSFL

 Forum: Sustainability forum   Topic: Entomophagy

 Post subject: Re: Entomophagy
Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:17 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 30826

I've sampled BSF both raw and dehydrated. Just be sure to give them a good rinsing first!
The dehydrated ones were kind of pleasantly nutty tasting actually, but I think I'd still prefer munching on peanuts or pistachios when watching football on TV! :lol:

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Issues with mating and egg clusters

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:07 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 12638

GrownLocally wrote:
My guess is that, that female was laying infertile eggs, but wasn't sure if thats something BSF do?


They definitely do. You can usually spot infertile eggs by their chalky white color. While fertile eggs darken to a cream or very light brown color, the infertile eggs remain chalky white.

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Request for larvae and/or eggs for school BSF project

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:29 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3434

Mine are all large too, and thanks to the rats, there are not may of them at the moment!

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Issues with mating and egg clusters

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:28 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 12638

why now the change? Is your adult fly density the same as last year? When I was doing winter captive breeding, I estimated I harvested one egg cluster per day per 40 adult flies in captivity (20 pair). I think there might be a "critical population mass" before you start seeing mating, but...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Request for larvae and/or eggs for school BSF project

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:01 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3434

Hi all, I'm requesting donations of BSF eggs or larvae to support the school project in forum member's Heidi's class. You can read about her project here: LINK Of course younger larvae would be best so that the kids can watch them mature. Thanks! I'll be happy to send some eggs once I start seeing ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Issues with mating and egg clusters

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:55 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 12638

Eggs clusters all of a sudden aren't hatching? Temperature about 75-80 F in a Tupperware container with holes in the lid, eggs in coffee grounds which worked great all last year? Haven't changed anything from last year. Any thoughts? thanks Greg You'll get faster egg hatching at 85-90 degrees if yo...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: A rotten year for BSF in southwest Florida

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:48 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 12812

At this point I don't know how to classify the end of the breeding season here. There might be low-level breeding going on even in the "off" season. I've kept a small colony going all winter, but the palm rats have certainly taken their toll on the population recently. (Time to declare &q...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: A rotten year for BSF in southwest Florida

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:54 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 12812

I started feeding a new bin last week in light of the mid 80 degree days we are having here in south Florida. Maybe this year will make up for a poor year last year. No egg laying yet though.

Any fellow Floridians seeing egg laying or adult BSF yet?

 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Need tips and hints on a DIY bin

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:35 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 9448

I will.want to know why an open bottomed bin is preferred to a covered bottom bin. What about if the bottom is made of closely spaced 1ft wide timber (planks) nailed in place. I think that would provide better stability to the bin structure. The small spaces in between the nailed planks will take c...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Protecting from Raccoons, Opossums, Etc.

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:54 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 3856

Hello, I am wondering if anyone has any advice to share on keeping their BSF farms critter-proof. I will be working with a Bio-Composter from Jerry (I'm excited to get it going this spring!). I know we have an opossum that patrols our neighborhood and I'm sure s/he'd be interested in getting into t...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: A rotten year for BSF in southwest Florida

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:00 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 12812

BorealWormer wrote:
Do possums eat BSFL?


I don't think so, but rats definitely do. Possums DO, however, apparently eat peanut butter which was my bait of choice for the rat traps.

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: BSF ID HELP from Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:15 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 9646

...the white eggs I've seen never seem to hatch. I think someone theorized that they might be infertile BSF eggs. Right you are, Jerry. Newly laid BSF eggs are ALMOST white, but they still have a slight amber color and darken within an hour or so. The bright white, chalky looking eggs have always b...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: A rotten year for BSF in southwest Florida

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:32 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 12812

After closing down my egg collection operation for the year and emptying all my bins, I left one bin in operation (re-started the original BioPod from scratch.) I feed it entirely on kitchen scraps. I have not harvested any eggs from it. Evidently I am still getting egg laying as even now in January...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: BSF egg traps made easy

 Post subject: Re: BSF egg traps made easy
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:49 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 21580

And what do you put in your BSFL collection bins to keep the grubs from crawling out. Just feed. They pretty much stay put until they hit the ramps at pupation time. Never an issue in my wooden bins, but I do keep the lids shimmed up on the plastic ones since condensation on the walls seems to enab...
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