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Old 09-17-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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My friend made a compost pile and these appeared in it.


Identify please.

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Soldier fly larvae... Google it.
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does your friend put cooked food and/or meat in his/her compost?
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does your friend put cooked food and/or meat in his/her compost?
yes?
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y8's, apparently these aren't like your normal maggots and can live off any wet compost pile.

Big maggots in your compost? They're soldier fly larvae | Oregon State University Extension Service | Gardening
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yes?
Wait, really? That's ******' disgusting, you should never put meat in a compost pile.
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I chrcked and no. No meat.

These soldier flies are very interesting. The hemp of the bug world. I can eat them too.
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You're going to eat bugs out of a shitpile?
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Soldier flys are great. I know people that give them to other fellow composters to seed there own compost pile. They do not stay long unless you have some food scraps in the pile.

I tried them in my mostly yard waste pile, and they never took hold.
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y8's, apparently these aren't like your normal maggots and can live off any wet compost pile.

Big maggots in your compost? They're soldier fly larvae | Oregon State University Extension Service | Gardening
interesting.

our "**** heap" is like 4 years old and has never had them. of course we are the laziest composters in the wide world of sports but that's another issue.

good compost: half the **** we throw in it keeps growing.
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I chrcked and no. No meat.

These soldier flies are very interesting. The hemp of the bug world. I can eat them too.
Haha, good. Yeah sounds alright then. They are kind of gnarly looking, but really interesting if you read about them. Basically harmless and help the compost process.

The question is, can you make ethanol out of them like hemp
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Haha, good. Yeah sounds alright then. They are kind of gnarly looking, but really interesting if you read about them. Basically harmless and help the compost process.

The question is, can you make ethanol out of them like hemp
No. But you could feed the hemp waste product to them and they would turn the uh waste into protein. Delicious soldier fly larvae protein.
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Lets keep this going. Can anyone identify these. Each has a baby on its back.


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looks like they are mating
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I killed one of those in Gainesville earlier this summer. It was like four inches long!

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They are pretty long, and very soft.
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are they mushrooms?
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They are pretty long, and very soft.
yeah bro it's the same **** kill them all
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yeah bro it's the same **** kill them all
They havent done anything to me.
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Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-striped Walking Stick)

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This species is noted for its ability to shoot a toxic spray in self-defense. It aims for the eyes and sports an accuracy of upwards to 30-40 cm (~12-15 inches). The spray, if it makes contact with the eyes, causes intense burning and pain. It’s also intended solely for self defense (the species consumes tree and bush leaves, not animals).
Sounds like a good reason to kill it to me.

http://dusttracks.com/2012/08/07/ani...4-august-2012/
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