Too many blue bottle flies!

Rst_Cham

Chameleon Enthusiast
I usually only have a few flies emerge at a time. Today I came home to probably more than thirty! They're in a tall Tupperware, there's just so many I'm not sure what to do with them since I only feed a couple to my cham at a time. How long will they last? Should I just freeze them to get rid of the excess? Its really pretty gross having so many.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yes you can keep the flies in the fridge. It's perfect. They slow down a ton and won't fly. Then you can dump a few in another cup(use a lid) and dust them. They tend to warm up pretty fast, but you have enough time to get some out and put them in the cham cage. I'll hatch a few hundred at a time. They have lasted over a week easily in the fridge for me. They die much faster left at room remp.
 

alphakenc

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yes you can keep the flies in the fridge. It's perfect. They slow down a ton and won't fly. Then you can dump a few in another cup(use a lid) and dust them. They tend to warm up pretty fast, but you have enough time to get some out and put them in the cham cage. I'll hatch a few hundred at a time. They have lasted over a week easily in the fridge for me. They die much faster left at room remp.
Great idea thanks for sharing, now u can strore both stage of the blue bottle flies...nice info .
 

Rst_Cham

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yes you can keep the flies in the fridge. It's perfect. They slow down a ton and won't fly. Then you can dump a few in another cup(use a lid) and dust them. They tend to warm up pretty fast, but you have enough time to get some out and put them in the cham cage. I'll hatch a few hundred at a time. They have lasted over a week easily in the fridge for me. They die much faster left at room remp.
Great, thanks so much! I woke up to even more flies this morning. How many flies can I feed off to my 5 month old panther per day do you think? I dont want to overdo it but he LOVES hunting them since the rest of his feeders are cup fed. He gets a variety of feeders daily plus his staple of crickets.
 

Zilla23

Established Member
not to hijack your post but what do you do if your picky, spoiled toddler cham has decided he doesn't WANT the flies anymore, even though he normally eats them like candy and you now have 30 flies that have been in the enclosure for two days, will they just die, I can't open the door to clean or anything because I don't want flies all over the place!!! HELP!! I swear he just LOVES to wait until I stock up on certain feeders to decide he doesn't want to eat them anymore and now I am stuck with all these bugs!! cheeky little bugger!!
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
@Zilla23 the flies usually stay up top by the lights, but they die within a couple days either way. I have a pitcher(nepenthes) in my enclosure that gobbles up tons of the stragglers.
 

Rst_Cham

Chameleon Enthusiast
Will they still gutload in the fridge? Are you just using a mixture of powdered bee pollen, honey, and water? Anything else?
 

alphakenc

Chameleon Enthusiast
Bluebottle fly adults feed on nectar and they are pollinators of flowers, especially with a strong odor often resembling rotting meat.
It depends on what type of cham u own ,gutload with mustard green collard green etc.grain protein along with some honey u mention to make a paste.
 

Rst_Cham

Chameleon Enthusiast
OK, thanks! I have a panther.
It worked great slowing the flies down in the fridge, dusting them in a cup and transferring to enclosure. Max turned a lovely shade a turquoise when he saw them and starting hunting right away.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
Will they still gutload in the fridge? Are you just using a mixture of powdered bee pollen, honey, and water? Anything else?
I mix those and a bunch of powders like moringa, kelp, spirulina, brewers yeast, etc into a paste and dip a cotton ball in it. The flies suck it up. I leave them at room temperature for 12-24 hours to feed on it before putting them in the fridge.
 
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