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 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:01 pm 

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Samaki, whatever else you do, I suggest this:-
Set up a 50 litre bin with some overripe pineapple, pawpaw, banana, and kitchen scraps - keep it soggy.
Add some cardboard egg traps and let nature take its course.
My free range flies are waay more productive ;)

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:52 am 

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Samaki wrote:
I have 100 adults in the hatchery at present but am not witnessing any matings ..

You live on the Equator, and you have a breeding enclosure!! What's wrong with wild flies and the great outdoors?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Wild BSF versus inbred "Tame" Flies

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:07 pm 

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Referring to Dr Tomberlin's paper on BSF development link, you notice that his best prepupal weight is 0.16 gram.
I've weighed prepupae on many occasions, and I'd say my average is more like 0.2 gram - an increase of 25% :D

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:19 am 

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Yes, Marinos' grubs are most certainly from the wild in Sydney. Last year I sold some grubs to Lantohery in Madagascar. He tried again this year, but with grubs he bought in France. Without me asking, he mentioned that my flies were noticibly more active and lively. Makes me curious ...... BTW, I've...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Small Scale Indoor Breeding

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:36 am 

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Aussiemoo wrote:
Maybe the Australian version of black soldier flies is especially resistant to indoor mating?

Are you using wild flies or the 'domesticated' version?

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: What to feed the BSFL?

 Post subject: Re: What to feed the BSFL?
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:54 am 

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That's the biggest problem with DE; it only works as a dry powder. It's useless when it gets wet.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:18 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 23926

Those are hoverflies (Syrophidae) link
Seems like they're carnivorous, and eat aphids and such. :D

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Diatomaceous earth?

 Post subject: Re: Diatomaceous earth?
Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:27 pm 

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DE doesn't hurt redworms, so the grubs should be okay. Just keep it away from your flies!

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

Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:10 am 

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Found this in a storage bucket. Happy times are back! :D

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:33 am 

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No, they don't eat the seeds or the skins ;)

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:15 am 

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Looks good, Samaki, nothing wrong with that. No need to pulp the avocado, I simply slice them in half. In summer, some shade would be a good idea. .... Under the steps is the hatching tray which is full of sawdust and covered with leaves where I place the pupae to incubate and hatch .... Ants will r...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:00 am 

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Research papers say there's usually about 2 days between mating and egg laying, and I've seen for myself.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Troubleshooting

 Post subject: Re: Troubleshooting
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:56 am 

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A few thousand grubs will be totally lost in a big system like that. You'll hardly be aware of their existance.
Everything sounds about right, so just give it time. They like to be on the dark, so I would put a lightweight cover on top of the food, and you should see them there.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Wild BSF versus inbred "Tame" Flies

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:37 am 

Replies: 7
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Apologies to PeteB for hijacking your post but I wanted to create a discussion thread on this subject including the selective breeding aspects. Your post was the earliest and will sort to the top of this thread chronologically. Relevant posts from other threads will be incorporated into this one. T...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: could use some help, please!

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:12 am 

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Drain location is no critical, but it helps to have it as low as possible. Cutting a hole on one of the sides is also possible.
This is my method of dealing with drains on curves.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: could use some help, please!

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:29 am 

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Since you've got several water tanks, you could possibly consider something like this. link Then you've got no ramp to worry about. ;)

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Indoor Breeding with Arduino

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:11 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 32979

BorealWormer wrote:
Add to that the fall off with distance ( the inverse square law?) so a bulb that works fine in a small enclosure might fail in a larger one.

There's no might about it. That same bulb will be hopeless in a larger enclosure. If you double the distance, you need 4 times the amount of light.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Indoor Breeding with Arduino

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:00 am 

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Yeah, it's a tricky issue, with dozens of unknown factors. I just know this: I've had reasonable success with a setup similar to Lantohery's, even with no natural sunlight. He was using about 9,000 lumens in there, which is way more than your setup. I'd say the jury is still out on UV lamps. If you ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Indoor Breeding with Arduino

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:01 am 

Replies: 43
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In that same paper, Jeffrey Tomberlin talks about infertile eggs, until they cut a window in the room, exposing them to sunlight.
What do you think of Lantohery's lights, and his fridge which is only 45 cm, top to bottom?

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: Alamo Texas

 Post subject: Re: Alamo Texas
Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:16 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 6144

Your white grubs look like one of the Sarcophaga family. link
They are carrion eaters of note - like the ones in your dead bird ;)
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