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Could someone please tell me how big the bin should be for harvesting black soldier flies eggs. And also should the dirt be moist or dry.


Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:32 pm
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Could someone please tell me how big the bin should be for harvesting black soldier flies eggs. And also should the dirt be moist or dry.


I'm undergoing the same sort of experiment. I'm trying to determine if there are wild BSF in my area to add it to the website geographic project.

If you are only looking to harvest the eggs, I believe the size of the container is not as important as the smell of the container. They like to lay eggs in moist smelly areas with tight dry fittings such as cardboard flutes or 'plastic cardboard flutes.' They also like the smell of fermentation, corn works for these reasons.

Answering your question, size is not detrimental and you can keep moisture in the enclosure. I will use a 3L approx. plastic container with fermented corn as bait and some cardboard flutes attached to the walls of the container to see if i can get some to lay eggs (either in the carbord or in the corn cob.

If you are trying to get grubs, then the size of the container is a function of the grub population you are expecting and they also like high humidity during larva stage.


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the dirt that you put the larva into should it be wet or dry


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the dirt that you put the larva into should it be wet or dry

Hi and welcome to our forum :) If you'd like you can introduce yourself here (link).

The larvae will dehydrate if the dirt is absolutely dry so some moisture is required. See the BioSystems Design Blog's "A Primer on Black Soldier Fly" (link) for some specifics on the best conditions.

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