Life Cycle of a Black Soldier Fly

Below are a number of websites that explain the lifecycle of the Black Soldier Fly.  I have been experimenting with these amazing little critters since 2009 when I first started testing the Compot.

An interesting bit of info I found out from a company called Goterra that are researching the use of Black Soldier Fly Larvae for livestock feed, is that:

For every ton of food waste eaten by the Black Soldier Fly Larvae there is one ton less methane and CO2 going into the environment. 

That has to be good for the environment.  Whereas your waste in council tips creates methane (because of the massive piles of waste) which is 10 time worse than CO2.    You too can help the environment by disposing of ALL your kitchen waste in your own backyard by planting a Compot or two.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetia_illucens

With in this link is also some fascinating info on parasitic worms with a link in the “Did you know” Section.

Soldier flies have not been found to be intermediate hosts for parasitic worms whereas Red Worms can be.  Something to consider if you raise Chickens.

I found the parasitic worm info especially interesting.  Particularly the part about the hook worm – often referred to as the  “germ of laziness” in children.    Read on, in the “Did you know” Section below.

The next link below basically confirms what I have been saying about soldier flies in my talks.

http://www.blacksoldierflyfarming.com/home/faq

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-szMDaqqFiY – video of active larvae in Kate’s garden.

What I also found interesting in the information was that the larvae can slow their growth to last up to 9 months.  This explains why I still have larvae in my Compots over winter sometimes.

It is also interesting to note that Wikipedia claims the soldier fly larvae prevent house flies and blowflies from laying eggs in waste inhabited with Black Soldier Fly Larvae.  I personally have not found this to always be the case, as I have often found maggots in the Compots along with the soldier fly larvae.  But generally, only if it hasn’t been covered properly.

Perhaps the maggots disappear as the numbers of the soldier flies increase.  But I don’t mind the maggots – they are all part of the decomposition process, as long as they don’t get out of the Compot and invade your house.

On the lid of the new stock of Compots, I have removed the diamond shapes around the lid to reduce the likely hood of the house flies getting out of the Compot and instead they become compost as they die.

I am hoping this alteration will also prevent lizards from getting into the Compot, because once they get in they can’t get out as the walls are too slippery for them to grab hold of, and I hate seeing them trapped even though they have lots of food to live on. Once the food is all gone they have nothing to eat and they too become compost. The lizards are better kept in the garden – not in the Compot.

Today’s Did You Know…?

Back in 1910, the Rockefeller Foundation introduced a campaign to fight the Hook Worm – the “Germ of Laziness” in the American South.       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitic_worm
Teachers observed: “children who were listless and dull are now active and alert; children who could not study a year ago are not only studying now, but are finding joy in learning…for the first time in their lives their cheeks show the glow of health.”

From Louisiana, a grateful school board added: “As a result of your treatment…their lessons are not so hard for them, they pay better attention in class and they have more energy…In short, we have here in our school-rooms today about 120 bright, rosy-faced children, whereas had you not been sent here to treat them we would have had that many pale-faced, stupid children”.

Red worms apparently may be host to parasitic worms that can infect poultry. I found this link quite interesting on parasitic worms in poultry for those of you who raise chickens.

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