As fascinating as I find black soldier fly larvae (based on their potential as a waste processor and food source for a wide range of other organisms), I’ve never really put too much time into learning more about them simply because I live up in Canada where they are not found. Unlike worms, which can easily just be brought indoors, the challenge with soldier fly larvae is that they mature into big flies – not exactly something most of us want to spring on our spouses!
My good friend, Jerry “The Worm (Inn) Dude” Gache decided to come up with solution for those of us who want to grow BSFLs indoors – or just generally want to keep a culture going. It’s called the “BSF Trap”, and it’s basically a screened enclosure that sits nicely over top of a BioPod system. Jerry has told me that it should also work with tub systems as long as they have similar upper dimensions (in the range of 16″x24″). I’ve included a couple of Jerry’s videos so you can see this thing in action.
Black Soldier Fly Larvae also go by the name “Phoenix Worms” in the live food trade, and are probably fairly easy to track down through pet shops (and certainly online). Just do a search on YouTube for “Phoenix Worms” and you will find a wide range of video clips featuring various lizards (Bearded Dragons, Geckos etc) chowin down on these things! I have a sneaking suspicion that they would also be phenomenal for larger fish – and perhaps even an effective bait for panfish (trout perhaps?). Many people who have set up outdoor vermicomposting beds in warmer regions know all too well that it’s not very challenging to start your own colony of BSFL. It’s been said that they work well with Red Worms, but my impression (based on a lot of feedback from frustrated vermicomposters) is that they tend to take over a system and gradually make it less and less worm-friendly.
I’ve never had to deal with these “problems”, and I’ve always been fascinated with various invertebrate “food” organisms – so I can’t help but think these guys are pretty darn cool! That’s not even taking their composting potential into consideration! Check out what these guys can do with hamburgers and rainbow trout! Scary stuff! lol
Anyway – if you want to learn more about the BSF Trap, be sure to head on over to Jerry’s website, “The Worm Dude”. You may also want to check out Jerry’s “BSFL Video Clips” website (sister site to “Worm Video Clips”) as well!