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empty shells of the bronze fly...i thought


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Post Re: The fly has bitten
francois wrote:
empty shells of the bronze fly...
puparium (plural, puparia)

"Some pupae remain inside the exoskeleton of the final larval instar and receive the name of puparium (plural, puparia); the flies of the families Stratiomyidae, Syrphidae and others have puparia"(link).

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In short is it or is not a soldier fly????
plain language for the slow please...
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Yes. It is in the family Stratiomyidae - Soldier Flies (link)

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Stratiomyidae
Genus: Cephalochrysa
Species: Cephalochrysa rufibasis

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Thank you sir
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a few photos of the mixed vegetable bed in soil and worm castings. I used a toping of 20-25 mm of worm castings on top of sandy soil, not working the castings into the rest...I left on top. I have not done anything in fertilizing more than the castings...I have not yet taken the shade net of to get a better view or for anything else. These photos are taken lifting shade net and then taking photo... using rain water only


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few photos of my aquaponic system.....
the plants look a bit better....
last Sunday I added Again some seagro to my system water after noticing the water colour after adding last time....this time I did a test before adding.....big mistake... did a test in a 20 litre bucket filled with water and added drop by drop to see how the water colour changed....after 10-15 drops the water in the bucket looked ok.I have +-2000 litres of water in the aquaponic system and I added +-150-200ml to the water Monday morning walking past the system it did not smell good and when I lifted the tank cover I could not see the bottom of my tank or any of the fish... first reaction was dump some of the water witch I did. I dumped a bit less than half the water and slowly added rainwater back into the system. Now this is the second time I have bumped my head with seagro into the system have gone back to the old way of doing things....a little more work but has always worked without problems for me...I say always...I hope I don't have to swallow those words, I will now brew worm tea and rather add the tea to the system water...simple and less risk and clear water...
I think..my opinion. I will still carry on using the sea grow to spray for the plants.


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Hi All
This is a post that i send to people that bought pupae from me...
Something I have been playing with is trying different methods to get the pupae to hatch.
I am not sure what the right word is but I am sure you understand what I mean
Now I still have pupae in the worm castings as I explained to you but only 1 or 2 flies from this setup per day.
I have found another way which is working very well. This morning from 8 to 10 I had 10 flies in this cooler box. I suggest to take and use a few of your pupae and do as in these photos....
1. cooler box not to small
2. Use 1 or 2 pieces of paper sheet rolled/folded and just lie this on the pupae. this is to keep the polystyrene sheet from lying directly on top of the pupae and I notice the pupae crawl between the paper when they hatch...I find a lot of empty shells in between the paper.
3. A piece of polystyrene on top of this with 20 mm gap all round for the flies to get out.
On top of this polystyrene I have a piece of cloth that I keep moist
4. A piece of white shade cloth to keep the flies from escaping.
5. cut a hole in lid
6. put this box in a semi sun area...I put mine in full sun but the temps here are lower than I think you people have.... I will then spry with a fine water sprayer every hr or so but this time intervals that I spray depend on the temps.
try this if you like.
I can say there is a big difference in the 2 ways and the cooler box by far wins.


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the aquaponic system
the garlic is coming along nicely. I need to split the cloves and replant 1 clove per small pot
the beans are full of flowers and small beans...looking good
celery, basil ,Swiss chard and the rest of the plants don't look to bad


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Beautiful! I just need to get some veggies from you and some fish from PeteB.... ;)

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Hi All
Need some advice pleaseeeeeeeeeeee :?: :?:
I have build this indoor fly cage and have been adding flies daily for a few weeks now and no eggs that I can see in the cardboard strips or in the food. when I change the food I add it into the worm bin where I can check for larvae, just in case there were eggs.....daily I add +-10 flies
summers here so the weather starting to get better
I move this cage every morning and evening....in the day outside and I will move back inside at night. No lights at night.
in the day I will stand the cage in the sun/semi sun and i will fine mist spray once or twice per hour, always checking temps inside the cage. In the cage I also have water for them in a dish with a cloth hanging over the water and the top touching the water, stays damp. This cage is made of white shade netting and the back is covered with plastic.....the flies are very active in the day but I still have not seen them pair.....
what am I doing wrong, what do you think ????????
Can it be the moving of the cage everyday or maybe the white shade cloth?????? :?
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the aquaponic system doing well
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I build the self harvesting larvae feeding cage before any eggs, but I was hoping to by now have eggs??????at least now I am ready for eggs or larvae.
this is a tank....I used the old wood of palets,30mm plus thickness most of the thing...heavy like a tank.....good idea for a name, the soldier tank....I covered the wood surfaces on the inside with 1mm black plastic I had and the wood was for nothing..
that was yesterday...today the black plastic burned your hand touching it....far too hot but I will white wash the outside and the cover I will make white..


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I can't help with the mating issue. I had a similar situation with no mating for several weeks until my interests changed and I abandoned captive breeding for now.

One minor point, and it might not matter at all, is that the waste you're using to attract egg laying is fresh instead of rotten. black soldier fly larvae will eat fresh fruits and other foods, but I think the smell of decomposition is much better for inspiring females to lay, or at least attracting them from a distance in the outdoors.

The garden looks fantastic. :)

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francois wrote:
Hi All
Need some advice pleaseeeeeeeeeeee :?: :?:
I have build this indoor fly cage and have been adding flies daily for a few weeks now and no eggs that I can see in the cardboard strips or in the food.
As Jerry mentioned " the smell of decomposition is much better" for attracting the gravid female BSF. See Attracting black soldier flies-the basics (link) for suggestions.

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well.....
the first larvae for this year.
found this lot of larvae in the first food from the indoor cage I dumped in the worm bin
then there a younger lot of larvae that I found+-2mm long
so the flies did lay eggs in the food in the indoor system....I never saw pairing or eggs when I emptied the food into worm bin..
this morning I released the flies that I still had in the cage...exercise done and I am happy


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wakening last summer's larvae
This is a half drum that I fed bsf larvae in up to the end of summer...today I turned the compost and emptied the bin. lots of larvae and lot of them still white.


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Today I moved the younger new soldier larvae into their new home. I loaded the bottom +-200 mm with composted horse manure then on top of that I added all the old food and smaller larvae from the worm bin, then a thin layer horse manure, the I added all the left over's and larvae from the half drum on top of this, then I covered with another thin layer of the horse manure. Watered lightly and now I have to be patient and wait for things to start happening.....I will monitor temp...
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How old would you guess your oldest juvenile larvae are?

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Jerry wrote:
How old would you guess your oldest juvenile larvae are?

these oldest juvenile larvae in this photo have been in this half drum +-7 months untill a few days ago when i opened for the first time the other day


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