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black soldier flies in the Pacific Northwest?

Jeremey Weeks


Joined: Jan 16, 2013
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Location: Eastern Washington, 8 acres, h. zone 5b
    
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I was wondering if anyone is raising soldier fly larvae in the Pacific Northwest. Is this something viable? Are you using a bio pod? How did you get your flies?

Thanks ahead of time!


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Matt Saager


Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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Location: Oregon - Willamette Valley
Absolutely you can.... the PNW may not be the ideal place, but they grow fine here.

I raise them on a small scale, with a 5-gal bucket setup.
To supplement feed for my chickens.

Here's a youtube video about a place in the northwest.
They raise them on a much larger scale.
Their channel has several videos on BSF's.

Alder Burns
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I've got a biopod but I've ended up reinoculating it with mailorder grubs every spring.....they are available from a couple of companies as reptile and fish food. The cold season is too long for the grubs to winter over, seemingly (unlike where we used to live, in Georgia), and I haven't seen adults laying in it of themselves....makes me think it is uncommon or absent in the wild. This year I've got some pupae stored away in some mulch in a can and hopefully they will hatch out and start the cycle again. Does anyone know if they are found in the West, and how to bait them to a new biopod? The last two springs I've ended up attracting housefly maggots, and thus resorted to mailing in more larvae....


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Jeremey Weeks


Joined: Jan 16, 2013
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Location: Eastern Washington, 8 acres, h. zone 5b
    
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Awesome video, Matt--Thanks! I see a wood project in my future.

I had some different looking flies in the greenhouse today. I'll try to get a pic tomorrow. I'm not sure if they're black soldier flies or not.

Good question, Alder.
                          


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Location: Alberta Canada
Jeremey Weeks wrote:I was wondering if anyone is raising soldier fly larvae in the Pacific Northwest. Is this something viable? Are you using a bio pod? How did you get your flies?
There are natural populations in the Pacific Northwest. The Black Soldier Fly Blog has set up a Black Soldier Fly Mapping Project (link) displaying the locations of confirmed BSF sightings/wild populations and seasonal data.

We also have a D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units (link) section and a thread on how to attract them (link).

Good luck with your BSF.


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Jeremey Weeks


Joined: Jan 16, 2013
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Location: Eastern Washington, 8 acres, h. zone 5b
    
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I can't seem to get a good pic of the flies I'm seeing in my greenhouse. A friend who has handled black soldier flies stopped by and said that what I have isn't. Oh well. I'll build my bin and then order I guess.
 
 
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