Harvesting And Incubating Our First Batch Of Black Soldier Fly Eggs.
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So, I collected the first batch of black soldier fly eggs over the weekend that had been put on the egggies I had provided to entice the flies to want to come and lay their eggs in them.
The black soldier fly cannot lay its eggs on rotting or decomposing organic matter, in contrast to the housefly.
It lays its eggs adjacent to organic matter that is degrading so that when the eggs hatch, they will fall or crawl toward their food supply and begin to eat.
By offering an attractant—something that has an odor—that would entice the adult fly to want to come and lay her eggs, I attempted to recreate this situation.
Fortunately for the fly, she will notice an opening just next to the food source that will be ideal for her to lay her eggs.
In order to prevent the eggs from hatching and falling into the attractant, they must be harvested quickly after being placed. Although this occurs frequently, it is appropriate to remove the eggs before they hatch and incubate them for consistent growth, as this will aid in the control of the larverium.
The eggs are quite simple to collect because they have been gathered in one location. The eggies must be untied in order to reveal the eggs, and then the eggs are scraped from the eggies into a container using a piece of wood, a spoon, or a razor blade.
The incubation substrate is then prepared.
The substrate can be made from a wide variety of materials, including wheat offal, pig droppings, poultry droppings, and maize meal. Etc
However, I still made the decision to use the fermented PkC (palm kernel cake) I already had.
I did this by adding one raw egg to the mixture. This will raise the substrate's protein content. This facilitates the larva's rapid growth during the first several days after hatching
This is placed at the middle of the container and a dry substrate is placed around it, this is to prevent the larvae from escaping after the hatch.the part will make movement not possible for the larvae, there will chose to stay withing the wet substrate.
When the temperature is right, the eggs hatch in three days.
***The most critical factor in the hatching of bsf eggs is temperature.
However, placing the eggs directly on the substrate will destruct them. The egg is positioned on a wire mesh only a few inches above the substrate so that when it hatches, the egg will fall off into the substrate and begin to decompose it.
If you place your hand underneath the container you put the eggs in after three days, you will find a worm, indicating that the eggs have hatched. However, care must be taken so the substrate doesn't dry out completely, as if it does, the larvae will perish.
Simply add a little water if it becomes dry to keep it moist rather than soggy. The larvae may not survive well if there is too much water present.
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