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Post Are they dead?
I got started with a batch of BSF larvae and a biopod2

up until 2 days ago, the larvae were doing well, getting larger, wriggling around

i just checked and none appear to moving around at all. it's been a couple weeks since we bought the larvae from the worm dude.

the larvae are mostly white, although some dark fully developed larvae in the main bin.

none have shown climbing behavior

they are now deep in the bin, close to full size, but none are moving any more.

i drained the bin and a fair amount of liquid came out (perhaps too much moisture (but then why did they all go to the bottom)?

Should i assume they are all dead and start over / quit?

any suggestions would be really appreciated. btw i'm based in northern california


Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:18 pm
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Post Re: Are they dead?
How cold is it getting at night?

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I dont think lower than 55 or 60 degrees.

I was actually worried it might get too hot in the day (ambient temp in the mod seventies)


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OK I had thought they might be inactive due to cold but the temps you mention seem fine. Over heating can kill them so if your pod is in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day you should probably shade it.

As to if they are dead I'd put a handful into a jar or something you can put a lid on and observe them for a few hours.

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Post Re: Are they dead?
i just went out there to get a couple as you suggested and surprisingly, i saw a number of small grubs moving. perhaps they are only active at night when things cool down.

so i put them even further in the shade....

thanks for the suggestion. excited that things are back to working order.

am going to keep the drain open in the biopod2 so liquids want be an issue in the future (not sure if they were, but figured i'd rather be safe than sorry


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Post Re: Are they dead?
The colony seem to start going, but now that its close to nov, i havent seen grubs for the past month.

Is it worth buying more grubs and trying again? Or i should i just wait for next summer?

Have been a little discourage how much work its been to try to get it going


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dy94025 wrote:
... Or i should i just wait for next summer?
That's probably the best move this late in the year.

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Post Re: Are they dead?
many thanks


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