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 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: New Egg Clusters vs Hatched Clusters

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:22 am 

Replies: 5
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Sure, no problem.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Can there be too much water in the compost bin?

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:44 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 6531

Do you guys think it may be okay to continue drilling some drainage holes in the bottom? Or, do you think the ants my invade that way? Drilling drain holes is a lost cause; those holes will clog up after a few days. ;) Ants hate wet, soggy conditions. After all, that's the whole point of a moat?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Can there be too much water in the compost bin?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:39 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 6531

I would consider drilling through the cement, and using an arrangement like this.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Can there be too much water in the compost bin?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:40 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 6531

Here is a recent image of my compost bin. Is it possible to have too much water in a BSFL (compost) bin? Yes, that bin is definitely too wet. I would add plenty of dry leaf litter or coconut coir, so the water can filter down to the bottom. Grubs need plenty of oxygen, so you also need good drainag...

 Forum: Knowledge base   Topic: An artificial light source influences mating and oviposition

Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:40 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 6215

The link shown at the top of the post is broken.
You can get it here http://jinsectscience.oxfordjournals.or ... t/10/1/202
The specs for their quartz-iodine (i.e. halogen) lamp seem to be as follows:-

 Forum: BSF Bio-Composter Support & Observations   Topic: My First BSF Bio-Composter

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:52 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 9880

This type of drain will save you lots of cutting and drilling.... ;)

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: BSF Sightings - Durban, South Africa

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:37 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 7177

A couple of flies emerging outdoors in mid winter; and our typical outdoor temperatures.
To be fair, there aren't very many at this time of year. :(

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: Palm weevil grubs

 Post subject: Palm weevil grubs
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:50 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 2121

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35720436

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Mature Larvae from crawloff not pupating after 8 weeks

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:50 am 

Replies: 13
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Yes, they do need temps of around 80°F. Even in these conditions, it still needs patience; the flies can take anywhere between 3 weeks and 4 months to emerge. A thick layer of bedding helps to keep them calm ( thigmotaxis ) I've had good results with mixtures of leaf litter, potting soil and compost...

 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Hello from Depok Indonesia

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:17 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 4089

BorealWormer wrote:
... It certainly looks like a BSF although the reddish tint of the wings is not something I've noticed before ...

Smokey red wings are very common in Durban - it also depends on the light ;)

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: BSF Sighting Victoria Australia

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:00 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 5498

Here's a good video by Marinos in Sydney link

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: BSF Sighting Victoria Australia

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:54 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 5498

Hi Justin, sorry to say, but that's a Garden Soldier Fly: note the back legs.
They're very common in Australia, and they do exactly the same job as BSF :)

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:02 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 24265

Billy wrote:
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.

That makes perfect sense: link :)

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: BSF egg traps made easy
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:43 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 24265

Samaki, now you've got me stumped. Using a setup similar to yours, I can expect to get 10-20 clusters a day. I was wondering if all that metal is getting too hot (My bins are plastic). You want it to be around 30-40 deg C. In full sun, that iron roof will become an oven. Mangos and pawpaws should be...

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: These Are Not The Larvae You Are Looking For

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:45 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 7324

Some other common visitors are these 'flower flies'. They are small hover flies, about 10 mm long.
The larvae are unusual - the sharp end is actually the tail, while the 'head' is at the bottom of the photo.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Color Change in BSFL

 Post subject: Re: Color Change in BSFL
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:49 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 3897

What happens is this .....

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:01 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 63403

Billy, your generosity is commendable, but don't overdo it. When you seed your own yard with pupae, you can build up a huge population. You'll get a lot more eggs, they'll keep going till late in the season, and they'll start appearing earlier in the spring. ;)

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: "Fly Factory" Article on edible insects

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:23 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 4118

Very few people who can appreciate this: link
Looks like housefly to me. :lol:

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Indoor Breeding with Arduino

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:59 am 

Replies: 43
Views: 33302

They develop these 'eyes' after about 2 days. The eggs without eyes are dud.
I found that if they haven't hatched after 6 days, you can write them off as dud.

 Forum: Introductions   Topic: Hello from Eugene Oregon

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:43 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 5671

Meeska, I don't know what size flutes your signboards have, but they definitely go for the smaller holes.
This is 2 mm & 3 mm Coroplast; with the 2mm being the most popular.
Cardboard will work just as well.
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