So I built a BSF composter about 2 months ago because my Chameleons LOVE Phoenix worms and I finally got them to lay eggs and they have hatched out. I think I should easily have a good cycle going where I have way more than I need.
ugh! I have tons of feeder projects, but black soldier flies just freak me out. I feed them off to my mantids ASAP. haha. I just dont think I could breed them.
Lol yea they seem pretty nasty at first but it's not too bad, since it is all done outside and everything I feed them is basically what we use at gutload so the smell is not overwhelming. Unlike BB Flys where you have to use rotting liver, lol. I think the thing you have to get out of your mind is the word maggot, the term itself is just gut wrenching.
I was just reading that blog on the soldier flys, they have 3 life stages, the fly,the larvae, but what was the last one when they look like the larvae but are black? I was going to buy some of these at petco but every cup they had looked like the black larvae so I thought all of them were dead
Oh its not the maggots that bother me, its the flies, they just look scary. Fed some to my mantids today and to my whites tree frogs tonight. I grab them by a wing and throw quickly! They are just mean looking.
When they are black that is the final stage before they pupate into the actual fly, at this stage they have the highest calcium content. Only problem is sometimes they don't move a lot at this stage and the chameleons ignore them. They control when they become a fly so it could take 2 days after they turn black or it could take 3 weeks. It has to do with the environmental conditions. My chameleons go nuts when they turn into the flys though, they can't catch them fast enough.