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Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens): does it occur in Victoria, BC?

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I am trying to determine if the black soldier fly occurs in Victoria, BC.

I have seen that there exist occurrence records for the black soldier fly in southern BC but I'm not sure if it occurs in Victoria or, more importantly, if it occurs there in large enough numbers to have wild population numbers sufficiently high to enable a person to use a BSF biopod (see DIY BSF biopod http://primalvillage.org/?s=ck+soldier+fly).

Does anyone in this forum know of black fly biopods operating successfully in Victoria BC or in the surrounding area?

Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to provide.


Examine the ingenious containers that Olivier has devised http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/biopodplus/ and http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/Black_Soldier_Fly) take a look at Olivier's Powerpoint presentation video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GqE-otypJk.

Time lapse video of 5000 Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae (maggots) vs two cooked rainbow trout:

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Vere scott wrote:... I have seen that there exist occurrence records for the black soldier fly in southern BC

Do you have a link?

I help out at the Black Soldier Fly forums which has set up a Black Soldier Fly Mapping Project (link) displaying the locations of confirmed BSF sightings/wild populations and seasonal data. There are a couple of BSF populations reported in Washington state but so far nothing from BC.

We also have a D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units (link) section and a thread on how to attract them (link).
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It's possible I know many of mine left as I let the catch bin fall over, if I was a bsf that didn't want to die over winter after a mishap in the greenhouse. Id go over to my neighbors grow up where it's warm and damp all winter and they leave garbage everywhere, yeah you could establish cold tolerance and move out. But it would probably take 20 years of evolution before they would be commonly identified. But no in all my compost heaps and barrels of experimental lazy bokashi trials I've never seen one return. It would almost be like how locust plagues usually come from just a few "ideal condition" hatching grounds the bsf of a region through it's warm season could be spreading serially all summer trying to find a new ideal condition. But really be coming from the same ol refuse leak at some factory where there's a micro climate that suit's them year after year. I'm sure if I had a decent 50,000 sq ft polytunnel they would stay year round and try migrating out every season, granted it being heated by compost and rocket mass aquaponics in the winter might help.
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