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Post Scott from Louisiana
I raise quail and I noticed in the manure under my hanging cages were moving. My friend came by and said they are black soldier fly larve. I want to keep them working do you think they could properly dispose of the quail poop? Are the larve good to cross feed IE not to poultry but ok for fish. I will need a large bin though I have over 30' of manure 3-4" deep completely covered in larve. I would like help identifying them and if they are BSF making a large anough bin for them.

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Scott O'Blanc

Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:20 am
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Hi Scott. It's not the first time this has happened and it's always nice when the native BSF volunteer to help out. Some folks have a hard time attracting and breeding them.

I don't know if they'll thrive on a diet only of quail poop but the early researchers in the BSF filed reported massive colonies living under poultry laying houses. They should be fine to be cross feed to fish but be aware that currently I believe the law prohibits feeding them to anything destined for human consumption. See the topic on Regulations regarding feeding insects to livestock (link)

Since you have a wild population of BSF we would love to add your location to our Black Soldier Fly Mapping Project (link). See the Range and Identification section (link) for instructions.


I Believe The Black Soldier Fly Has The Potential To Be A Beneficial Insect Second Only To Pollinating Bees

Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:51 am
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