• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies living kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • raven ranson
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Julia Winter
garden masters:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • thomas rubino
  • Bill Crim
  • Kim Goodwin
  • Joylynn Hardesty
gardeners:
  • Amit Enventres
  • Mike Jay
  • Dan Boone

soldier fly larvae in Florida compost  RSS feed

 
Posts: 1
Location: Wakulla County, Florida
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We have an organic farm in the Florida panhandle and I wonder if anyone here has these handy little bugs in their recycle/compost bins? They do a terrific job of busting down the waste and have several other benefits as well. Do a Google search and you'll be surprised at what you find.
 
pollinator
Posts: 1452
Location: northern California
64
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
They are native and abundant where you are. Any sizeable compost in the open, especially one containing food scraps, should have plenty. They are the big "maggots", often over an inch in length.....housefly larvae are smaller. The adults look rather like a black wasp, and wave their antennae up and down when they land......
In a large enough compost, they should overwinter even as grubs, especially if you mulch the pile. In any case the mature larvae crawl out and go dormant in the soil, to hatch out and appear next spring. This characteristic is what makes the various bins work so well for them, since the mature grubs crawl off on their own into a handy collection container......
 
Posts: 93
6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi Ron. Raising BSF is on my to-do list. I recently watched a very good video series which showcased the Bio pod system and I thought it looked like a well thought out design. What type of set up do you use?
 
gardener
Posts: 583
Location: Equatorial tropics
62
books forest garden
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
They're great little composters. We have the flies get into the house occasionally and my children like to catch them off the windows.
 
If somebody says you look familiar, tell them you are in porn. Or in these tiny ads:
Food Forest Card Game - Game Forum
https://permies.com/t/61704/Food-Forest-Card-Game-Game
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!