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TOPIC: Breeding, Mating, and Eggs

Breeding, Mating, and Eggs 7 months 1 week ago #2673

Hello Black Soldier Fly Farming!!!

I'm in Northern Arizona, and Southern Nevada, thanks for checking out my thread.

I've been playing with the BSFL for almost a year now, and I have visited this site about a dozen times, and thought I'd post and share some of my experiences, and what little insight I have on these little guys.

I really wanted to concentrate this thread on the breeding aspect, to me this is the most difficult part of their cycle. Also, there is a lot of information on the feeding cycle of their lives, and to me, its great to see everyone's individual take on how to get them fed and their crawl off stage, whatever works for you is my view of that.

However in saying that, I am having some difficulty with getting them to lay eggs, and to mate. The video explains a lot, it's about 2 minutes long, and I have also attached some photos as well.

Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks, and best of luck to you all!

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Breeding, Mating, and Eggs 7 months 1 week ago #2674

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A few questions DesertSoldierFly,
What is the humidity in your area?
Do you have an additional source of water or misting within your enclosure?
Obviously you are in or near the desert. This implies low humidity and rather dry conditions.
It would appear that higher humidity and slightly higher temps than your low 70's are needed to trigger mating.
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Breeding, Mating, and Eggs 7 months 1 week ago #2675

Excellent point, I'm in the desert, so the humidity is naturally low, it's been a bit higher than normal (in the mid 30's, haha) but usually it is about 25% humidity. I did a couple of things to counter the humidity in the enclose, the I water the plants I put in the area heavily, and then I laid some carpet down as a flooring for the enclosure, I soak the carpet at night, and then again in the morning to create evaporation, and hopefully a little more humidity.

The fresh water is a struggle, I just place a small amount in some containers scattered throughout the enclosure, just a small enough amount that they don't drown, but you think misters might be a good play there? Should have thought of that, that's a good point. What temps are you having success at?

Thanks for the pointers. With the compost pile for egg laying, is that something you want to keep covered? I have holes large enough for them to fly in and out if I cover the bin, or should I keep it open to have the smell attract them?
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Hi DesertSoldierFly,
My experience with achieving mating in an enclosure is still limited, because my first room used artificial light. But hopefully my second room using natural sunlight will get better results.
However, from this limited experience I did notice a better mating rate when I installed a mister into the room. A simple unit running from a garden hose with a cheap timer was sufficient. I ran it for about half an hour 4 times per day. It really got the flies excited and moving around a lot more when the mister came on.
The successful mating temps were hovering at around 86 F or higher. Not sure if these higher temps were necessary because of our limited artificial light and therefore in sunlight the temps could be lower.
No need to cover the food. Once the flies have mated they appear to have no problems finding somewhere to lay their eggs. Its just getting them to mate that is the hard part.
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Breeding, Mating, and Eggs 7 months 1 week ago #2677

Installed a misting unit this morning before sunrise, ran it for about 5 minutes 10 times this morning, also a bit more wind, and it was warmer today...Got a lady laying her eggs this very moment. Great call on the misters. Went inside the enclosure and waved around and got them riled up a couple of times.
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Good stuff!!!
What was the air temp when she laid her eggs?
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