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Post BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Location - Baan Hangwao, Tambol Toom, Sisaket province, Thailand (14°58'35.1"N 104°21'49.9"E)

Elevation - 145 m.a.s.l.

Photographic evidence - Sent in a separate email to blacksoldierflymappingproject@gmail.com

Date of first observation - 17 October 2016

Larvae stage of development - juvenile (light) and mature (dark),

Type of waste being consumed - Rotten floor sweepings from our rice mill (composed of spilled rice grains, husks, bran, and regular dust)

Additional info - larvae were all collected and moved into a bucket of pig manure and rotten gac fruit, for raising as pig feed (1-2% of mature larvae to be released into the wild for repopulation).

Website URL - http://www.raitongorganicsfarm.com

Credit - Bryan Hugill, Raitong Organics Farm


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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Thanks Bryan. Your pics are below. Do have any photos of adult flies?

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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Cropped photo for the map info window



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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
BorealWormer wrote:
Thanks Bryan. Your pics are below. Do have any photos of adult flies?


Unfortunately not, but I will keep my eyes open and will send some photos if I manage to catch any. Was thrilled to accidentally find this small "nest" of larvae, after looking for them out here for a while to no avail.


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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
You're on the map (link). We're also interested in any future seasonal data you can provide. The flies are most active in warm weather but we would like to get more definite data on their active season. Dates of first sighting in the spring and last in the fall would be ideal and can be posted here.

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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Submitted by email:
Here are some more pics of more larvae that I found this morning in the same location... And just built a biopod for them to try lure in the adult females.

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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
In the interest of trying to be a bit systematic in the way I'm collecting data about BSF out here in our village, I'm recording updates here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl ... 38fDDx77go.


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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
That's excellent Brian. If you'd like to post some pics of your biopod you could start a thread/topic in the D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units (link) section.

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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Just spotted our first adult in our biopod at our office at our rice mill...

Location - Baan Hangwao, Tambol Toom, Sisaket province, Thailand (14°58'35.4"N 104°21'41.5"E)

Elevation - 145 m.a.s.l.

Photographic evidence - Sent in a separate email to blacksoldierflymappingproject@gmail.com

Date of first observation - 31 October 2016

The range of dates that BSF adults are observed: Unsure.

Adult fly:
Time of day: 10am
Weather conditions: Slightly cloudy, light NE wind, 31°C, humidity 75%, waxing crescent moon
Observed behaviour: Standing still on dry pig manure crust in biopod

Website URL - http://www.raitongorganicsfarm.com

Credit - Bryan Hugill, Raitong Organics Farm


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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Thanks Bryan. Comparing the two sets of coordinates you've submitted it looks like the two sightings are only 250 metres apart. Does that match what you see?

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I presume the photo came out a bit green because of the colour of the pod vs. the camera flash. The fly is actually black in reality :)

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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
Hi Mike,

Yeah, our biopod is situated at our office (next to our bigger rice mill) on the outskirts of our village...the previous larvae were found in our small rice mill at home in the centre of the village.

I suspect though that this adult fly may have emerged from the pupae that I've collected in a tub of shredded coconut coir, with the intention of hatching the adults out to increase the local wild population. The container is right next to my biopod. The reason I say this is because of the lack of activity...it seems to be waiting for something (other flies to mate with?).

As a side-note, the 7 traps that are scattered around the village are currently full of housefly and blowfly larvae, but I just "charged" them with molasses this morning (based on another discussion thread in this forum), so hopefully it'll attract some BSF females to the traps soon.

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Post Re: BSF sighting - Baan Hangwao, Sisaket, Thailand
And just because collecting data is fun, here's a link to our simple productivity record of our biopod(s): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing.

Hope to supplement this with accurate hyper-local weather/light/noise data in the near future once we build the networked collection stations. Gotta love hackerspaces and Open Data!

Curious to see what other factors affect larvae growth and presence of adults, besides available food quality and quantity.


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