• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Dave Burton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Ash Jackson
  • Kate Downham

Any idea what this thing pupating in my compost is?

 
pollinator
Posts: 140
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA zone 6b
40
cat urban cooking bike writing
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
There are tons of them! I’m deeply curious. I thought about dissecting one, but decided to ask here first, rather than kill something unnecessarily.

Sorry, it’s hard to get a good picture of them with my phone.

Thanks,
Daniel
E0859D73-AECC-4731-BD1E-F57A40BA40B9.jpeg
[Thumbnail for E0859D73-AECC-4731-BD1E-F57A40BA40B9.jpeg]
0F3349BF-0614-4E04-9F56-017B3122F5D1.jpeg
[Thumbnail for 0F3349BF-0614-4E04-9F56-017B3122F5D1.jpeg]
 
gardener
Posts: 3054
Location: Central Texas zone 8a
707
cattle chicken bee sheep
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Looks like black soldier fly larvae. Chickens love to eat them.
 
pollinator
Posts: 270
Location: Haiti
28
forest garden rabbit greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

wayne fajkus wrote:Looks like black soldier fly larvae. Chickens love to eat them.



Exactly. Harmless. Excellent at breaking stuff down. Good for chickens, fish, pigs . . . The adults don't mess with people . . . You'll rarely see them unless you're looking for them.
 
Daniel Ackerman
pollinator
Posts: 140
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA zone 6b
40
cat urban cooking bike writing
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Excellent. Happy to have them, then. No chickens allowed on this urban plot unless they are “show” chickens. 🙄

Thanks for the help!
Daniel
 
Posts: 65
Location: Central NJ, Zone 6b
21
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I saw those guys in my bin and almost jumped out of my skin, and then I remembered this thread, so thanks for posting it.

But what on earth is a "show" chicken?  Is it the opposite of a "don't tell" chicken?
 
Daniel Ackerman
pollinator
Posts: 140
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA zone 6b
40
cat urban cooking bike writing
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Haha, sorry, I didn't see your response. That's hilarious. Can't wait to share it with the also frustrated semi-permie neighbors.

The city has a no-livestock ordinance. Animals with hooves are strictly forbidden, but the loophole with chickens is that they're allowed if you bring them to chicken shows, and you keep no more than three. No joke. They have to have papers, or something. On the plus side, there are some very fancy-looking chickens out there in the world that are also good layers. So, we're thinking about it. I'm sure I can get a passport, driver's license, and high-school diploma for my chickens in some dark corner of the internet.
 
Create symphonies in seed and soil. For this tiny ad:
100th Issue of Permaculture Magazine - now FREE for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/45/pmag
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic