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  • September 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    For many years we have recycled vegetable waste in a “worm composter.” When I first started seeing soldier fly larvae in my composter I was afraid that they were out-competing my earthworms, and subsequently took steps to eliminate the maggots by hand-picking them. Likewise, I thought the adult flies were a species of wasp, even though, on close observation, I could see that certain key hymenopteran features were lacking, while key dipteran body arrangements were obvious. Somehow I learned that these were called soldier flies. I then reasoned that they were complementing, rather than simply competing with the earthworms, and I quit trying to suppress them. Now, my wife and I commonly find soldier flies trapped in our house, and we have learned to simply scoop them up into our hands and release them outdoors.

    • September 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Bob,

      I’m grateful to you for sharing your experience with black soldier fly larvae. I hope you’ll consider joining our forum to share your experiences there.


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