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#1 greenthumb

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

www.blacksoldierflyfarming.com
check it out very interesting to say the least.
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#2 Wameron36

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

I never knew what these were, but my little compost bin is absolutley crawling with larvae like that.
Looks interesting

#3 greenthumb

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:20 PM

It is very interesting to say the least this guy is on the ball seems like a great organic waste transformer... i would call it.

sorry if this should be in the links section if it needs to be moved can someone do that please?

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:49 AM

Wow this does look cool!
I really like the idea of non smelly composting methods for meat products...
I just tried a Bokashi composting bucket - FAIL!
I guess i need to re-read instructions and have another go...
But i much prefer the idea of flies eating my stuff.
Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:02 AM

Whoa, rad!
I've got massive larvae in my compost too.

Now i've seen the black solider fly pics, maybe i've connected the dots-

could my compost be breeding this fella?
Looks like a queen to me, of some or other kind.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:53 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm half of the black soldier fly farming team.
It's great to see that people are finding this interesting. I believe it is the next logical step in composting.

niggles, I haven't heard of the bokashi bin. If you have a look at our photo gallery - http://www.blacksold...ier-fly-farming - you will find examples of BSF compost bin designs that we have tried and tested. They are actually pretty easy to make.

mud, that is definitely not a black soldier fly. The black soldier fly is originally from America but was brought into Australia at some point. The Australian native cousin of the BSF is called the garden soldier fly (we actually breed both in our farm) but whatever it is in your pic is neither one of these.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:59 AM

muds picture depicts a 'black flower wasp' i believe, Discolia soror.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:21 PM

More infor on Bokashi - http://www.bokashi.c...kashi-works.htm
Its a japanese method of fermenting kitchen waste. Better you read about it than get my half baked explanation.

So do you chaps at BSF provide larvae or eggs or anything to get a colony started? Sounds like something I would be interested in doing.


P.S.
I saw hairy flower wasps once and thought I had discovered a new species.
The melbourne museum happily identifies things for people, and they set me straight after i emailed them a picture.
They made this page after my enquiry:
http://museumvictori...ry-flower-wasp/

P.P.S. My hairy flower wasp specimen was much blacker and hairer with a blue tinge than the ones in their photos.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:58 PM

We are offering a handful of mature BSF larvae to all Australian residents.
More details here: http://www.blacksold...l-for-beginners

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:02 PM

ahh! thank you i hadn't ventured into the forum yet.
I better go home and do some woodwork!