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Two nights ago, while doing my late rounds before I hit the sack, I saw a black shape on my ice chest. I saw a longish black insect standing on the chest's edge. Grabbing my camera, I snapped a couple of shots before it flew off. I guess some of my BSFLs have begun to molt. :)

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Comment by Bonnie White on November 17, 2010 at 12:21am
Great picture of the Black Soldier fly, they are such docile critters. Their off spring are great composters.
Comment by nutzfactory on November 17, 2010 at 3:09am
Thank you Bonnie :) I never knew they were such docile critters. I am slowly starting to appreciate them.
Comment by Bonnie White on November 17, 2010 at 12:04pm
Yes, black soldier flies only live long enough to breed and lay eggs. They do not have hair on their legs so cannot spread disease. I have picked them up and they simply stay on your hand until you put them somewhere else . There is a debate among composter whether you want them or not in your worm bin. They are always welcome in the regular outside compost bin because the larvae are great composters.They will eat things like avacados and fish ect and are used in hog farms to eat their waste. In the worm bin they usually visit when the food added is left uncovered. They do compete with the worms, and castings are more liquidy and has a stronger smell then castings from worms. They usually appear when the weather is warmer.


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