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 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: Turquoise Soldier Fly

 Post subject: Re: Turquoise Soldier Fly
Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:04 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 3973

Wow! Put out some bait! link

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: Location in Kenya

 Post subject: Re: Location in Kenya
Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:46 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 4542

Hi Samaki,
That most certainly is BSF. People simply won't believe that you get them in Africa. :lol:
Even more interesting to note that it's your dry season, at an altitude of 1798 m!

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Ants attacking starter colony

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:13 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 4993

By all means try the other options, but there's nothing to beat a can of 'Doom' spray. ;)

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: BSF on steroids

 Post subject: BSF on steroids
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:56 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 2024

Eat your heart out, Hermetia illucens! :lol: link

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: Unidentified 'Bronze' Soldier Fly

Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 8:27 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 9592

Two more shots of C rufibasis. They are rare visitors these days, the BSF must have pushed them out. :(

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Winter Heating

 Post subject: Re: Winter Heating
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:56 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 4488

Problem is there are different bins with different grub populations and the surface areas also differ, so I'm not quite sure what I'm measuring, but I did record this in a 2 ft² bin. Inside: 38° C --> Outside: 13° C (55° F --> 100° F). This must be about 10,000 grubs. In other words I'm happy to go ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Winter Heating

 Post subject: Re: Winter Heating
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:37 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 4488

Sorry BW, no logging ;) I'm trying to keep my life simple. Besides, the population will be dwindling all the time, and ±15,000 grubs is way different to 1,500. The styrofoam just rests lightly on top of the bedding and there's nothing edible, so I seriously doubt that they'll shred it. Dr Paul Olivi...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Winter Heating

 Post subject: Winter Heating
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:42 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 4488

Winter is coming on, and a sheet of styrofoam makes a fine blanket. The temperature was 12° C last night, and these guys were warm and cosy.
In the morning, I had steam coming off the bin. :)

 Forum: Vermiculture   Topic: hot weather worms + bsfl

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:06 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 4325

It all depends on the scale. A few hundred BSF is neither here nor there, but 5,000 BSF will wipe out your worms.

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: Starting up again

 Post subject: Re: Starting up again
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:54 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 11754

Quote:
CookiesDaddy wrote:
.... I also hope to improve with a larger ramp and a more effective crawl-off guard.

If you mean something to stop the grubs escaping, here's one you can use with confidence.
BTW, thanks for the tip about the glue. ;)

 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Plastic Adhesives

 Post subject: Re: Plastic Adhesives
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:01 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 8148

Sorry to say, but hot melt glue is a utterly useless. I really wanted it to work, and I tried every trick in the book, but it simply does not last! Besides that, the glue melts (haha) when the bin gets hot. The trusty glue gun has been relegated, and it's only used to make cardboard boxes. Hot melt ...

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:45 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 62887

Vervet monkeys thrive on them; white, brown, live or dried. :lol:

 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Grub Barrier for a Square Tote

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:36 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 11416

AutoCAD

 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Grub Barrier for a Square Tote

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:45 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 11416

They both work well.

 Forum: BSF Bio-Composter Support & Observations   Topic: Lots of black soldier flies but no larvae

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:31 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 4053

.... Any genius can over-engineer a potato peeler and sell it in K-Mart for $9.79, but in the end the original design from 50 years ago works perfectly, and sells for just 79 cents.

Love that analogy! :lol: link

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: News from Rio de Janeiro

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:35 am 

Replies: 105
Views: 62887

If you build up your local population (i.e. don't eat them all), you'll soon be able to handle 40 kg per week. :lol:

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: What BSF larvae cannot eat...

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:50 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 18187

They certainly don't like Beetroot. These pieces have been in a busy bin for about a month. It still looks like purple rubber. :)

 Forum: Cultivation   Topic: grubs seem to be dying off

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:21 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 8390

An interesting article on mold. According to this, moldy nuts are particularly dangerous. link

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

Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:20 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 7250

http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=326

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: Southern Ontario

 Post subject: Re: Southern Ontario
Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:30 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 3671

I would say 'not'. The legs seem to be too long and spidery.
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