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 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Black soldier flies in the composting toilet

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:31 pm 

Replies: 2
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For sure! BSFL and humanure go hand in hand. Umm, maybe not the most appropriate expression! But yes, larvae devour excrement and I'm sure that larvae activity will account for a major part of the heating up inside a compost heap that receives bucket loads of manure, be it human or not. Tis somewhat...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:16 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

The residue bin is teeming with larvae of all instars, however, in some areas they seem to be imobile untiil disturbed. Maybe its too dry so I misted the basin to see if that perks them up a bit. Although there are some mature looking larvae in there, I have had very little crawl off. They have been...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:10 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

I suppose if the frass is placed in a corner of the worm bin such that the worms get a choice of when to start on it, there should be no problem. I have not yet experimented with frass yet, it usually gets dumped in my compost heap, but now with my newfangled multibucket larvadrome I might just get ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:53 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

So the BSFL devour stuff you might not feed the worms and their frass goes to the worm bin. Straight or spiked with dolomite or some other buffer?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:39 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Yes, it certainly does look like the same concept.

What do you do with the removed, egg less, larvae less, frass?

 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Hello from the UK

 Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK
Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:58 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 3059

If Indecision prompts research its a good thing. There are definitely a lot of pointers in this forum!

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:54 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Now for a quick follow up. In the residue basin I placed bread and jack fruit. One week later, rainy weather about 30 Celsius, I noticed quite a few larvae in the collection bucket and some on the rim of the cover basin. The larvae are not BSFL, neither hover fly. Could be a soldier fly, but also co...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:56 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

I'm afraid it is not possible to say. I believe the sides were too dry... Also because the residue was purposefully dry. Thus the medium was not the easiest for the steep climb and was amenable just for the larvae to stay put and pupate! With my newfangled larvadrome I hope to be able to put this to...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:53 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

So about ten days ago I started up a new bucket with some fruit peel, bread and cardboard. In a couple of days I noted quite a bit of egglaying getting painted on the lid and sides and reckoned it could be hover fly. I left for a few days and yesterday poured out the contents onto my compost pile. T...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:42 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Well reminded! I think the velcro barrier shall work. I'll keep the feed bin closer to the top of the "fall into" bin, which shall diminish the amount of humidity on the walls thus making the glue less vulnerable. Mebbe hot glue?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:01 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Yes. Today I was surprised to find quit a lot of very predominantly (95%) BSFL huddled close under the bin inside the wheeli (this is getting confusing here! A bin inside a bin inside a wheelie bin!). And it is not unusual to find them climbing the walls of the wheelie bin. When it is dark, they get...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:37 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

So I have a bucket resting on an upturned bin lid, inside a wheelie bin. Tis working quite well! I get the crawl off sitting quietly under the bucket. I left some jack fruit in a basin covered with a piece of slate rested ona couple of twigs. Been raining a lot so didn't check on progress. Found it ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:55 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Substituted basin for a bucket with hand torn cardboard paper in the bottom. Upturned the whole lot this morning! Could't help my curiosity and was under the impression that activity had diminished. The larvae appear to like getting in amongst the cardboard. Anyway, started a new bucket with cardboa...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:49 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Found a bin lid that I had removed the centre part. Thus the basin of residue rests on twigs resting on an upturned bin lid with a big hole in the middle which rests on a bucket whispch rests on a couple of slats of wood rested on the rim of a bin inserted into the wheelie bin! Self harvesting is wo...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: What to feed the BSFL?

 Post subject: Re: What to feed the BSFL?
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:43 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 5967

Wheat germ might do it. My lot eat just about anything.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:37 pm 

Replies: 34
Views: 22921

The BSF are all going for the reject avos, preferring them to the traps. They are probably laying loads of eggs on the sun dried avo skin.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:38 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

True Pete B, however i do believe quite a few larvae escape the wrath of the gullet and get to fly and ummm reproduce! But yes, originally the idea was to serve only hover fly larvae to the foul, letting the BSFL out into the wild this side of the fence, but I got carried away and forgot the princip...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:29 pm 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Well I guessed wrong and the fat hover fly larvae do quite well at clinging to the sides nearly up side down. Proly cos of the humidity making it easy for them to climb. One little basin with the sour corn and gorgonzola chees and not damp bread, some bananas, has become overrun with many larvae of ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:32 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

Yup, august! Shall check locally for dolomite, or alternatives?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:23 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 60473

And we are back into the season! This year had a false start mid october with a heat wave. I found about five mature larvae under a brick in my worm bin set up. Then the weather changed. But mid September I put out some cooked broken corn with some over ripe gorgonzola cheese and this has quite unmi...
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