George Yacus wrote:That's great to hear about your production volume!
My family's ongoing experiment is obviously *way* smaller... smaller than a shoebox even.
But it's been going on 5 years, and that presents opportunities from a genetic perspective, I hope. With perhaps a conservative 19 week life cycle per generation (based off estimates listed at https://mealwormcare.org/life-cycle/ ) that's potentially well over 20 generations.
About the poop.
For those unfamiliar with the substance, the frass is light, airy, brown dusty poop and exoskeleton remains. It is easily visible in the pictures. It's probably so fluffy, that if you were to sneeze near it, it would likely go *poof* in the air. Supposedly it is a good fertilizer.
However, obviously if one doesn't think it's safe or healthy to use, then don't partake in the styrofoam cycling experiment.
What we can *personally* say from direct observation, is that the shear volume reduction and color transformation is impressive.
What was once a big brick of white styrofoam trash taken floating from a river (or a takeout container from wherever, etc etc), now just looks like dirt.
Trace Oswald wrote:
George, my problem with it is very simple. I just want someone to show that the meal worms are doing something short of just taking styrofoam and grinding it into dust. If I were to take styrofoam, somehow turn it from white to tan, as passing it through a meal worm's system does, grind it into miniscule particles, and mix it into my soil, I don't know how to tell what effect I would have on that soil, or indeed, how long it would take for any effect to show up. My concern is that the meal worms may be doing just that, and they do indeed make it so it "just looks like dirt". I hope I'm wrong and this is a way to get rid styrofoam in a healthy, ecological manner. That would be a huge boost to cleaning up one of the messes we have made.