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 Mating and egg laying issues 
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Post Mating and egg laying issues
I have been trying to rear Black Soldier Fly since June, 2016 in a 120X150X95 cm steel mesh box in indoor with two 100 watt bulb. Fly density is 250 and L:D=12:12. The average temperature and humidity in the cabinet is approx. 32 degree and 65%. On few occasions I got egg cluster but they never hatched. I am collecting BSF Larvae from wild crowd but I am unable to rear them artificially.

The Picture of my setup is as shown below:
https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipN ... LnkxwsNKbG

I haven't seen mating till now in my cabinet. Please assist me, how can I get mating done. Also please suggest me whether substrate composition plays any role in mating and egg laying.


Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:06 pm
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Post Re: Mating and egg laying issues
Welcome to our forum :) If you'd like you can introduce yourself here (link).

What type of lights are you using? The spectrum of the light is important. Here's a short summary of lighting used by people who have been successful with indoor breeding of BSF (link)

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Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:13 pm
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Post Re: Mating and egg laying issues
The light source is Incandescent light bulb, yellow light. Thank you for the link of light sources. I will try to work out on that.


Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:29 pm
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