Gerry M

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  1. hi Gary remember to keep some for me - i got hold of a few australian soldier flies down here in melbourne but they seem very temperamental i'm hoping the real bsfs will be better
  2. OK Gary I will but i really go for frog research - not cuy - they are for eating. PS a gentleman phoned and left a message about sending me some BSFs, I have lost the message - it was deleted by my phone bank - as i was away from work for a week with sick family. If you could contact me again it would be appreciated.
  3. Hi all - A gentleman phoned and left a message about sending me some BSFs, I have lost the message - it was deleted by my phone bank - as i was away from work for a week with sick family. If you could contact me again it would be appreciated.
  4. PS a gentleman phoned and left a message about sending me some BSFs, I have lost the message - it was deleted by my phone bank - as i was away from work for a week with sick family. If you could contact me again it would be appreciated.
  5. all maggots are pretty similar as food the difference perhaps being if the have pupated. so you can probably feed any species to your fish. if you want to control which ones come you can as some like fresh meat, some old meat, some other decomposing materials- eg vegetation. but since fresh meat becomes old meat very quickly it is hard to stop chrysomya coming if they are around. BSFs may be different as they do come to veggies and they seem from pics to partially pupate as they develop so they may have a different nutrient composition to non pupated maggots. This is one of the reasons we want to try some.
  6. They don't squeal for long - they have very sensitive noses full of blood vessels and the Colombians bang them down onto a concrete bench/basin nose first. They bleed lots - i guess this drains them and i think the bones push up into the brain so they are dead quite quickly. Anyway those that do it are experienced and quick - i will have a good look next time to see exactly how its done.
  7. Hi Gary your problem is this: 1. The first maggots on your chicken were Lucilia and Calliphora - Lucilia will crawl out and self clean Calliphora usually will not. 2. your last pics show maggots of Chrysomya a cannibalistic maggot that invades later and eats the others - it will not climb out and self clean and if it runs out of food before pupation will eat others of its own kind or starve. - hence the few week slow maggots left. 3. carrion fauna is a complex crowd and who gets there first 2nd etc often causes quite different outcomes. there are dozens of species of flies as well as many beetles that specialise in having their larvae on carrion. PS - still looking for some BSFs do you know anyone who could help? Gerry Marantelli
  8. Hi everyone - still no luck ANYONE? has BSFs at the moment? - will trade for whatever you like - we have cash, mealworms, crickets and we will pay all freight etc. and have them picked up from your door. many thanks Gerry Marantelli
  9. Some notes to accompany the above: my wife's home town is Pasto Colombia the home of consumption of Cuy (Spanish for Guinea Pig) it is the local delicacy and considered a special occasion food. We actually met over Cuy when I was teaching at a frog conservation course in a non-cuy consuming town in Colombia and she was the only person who could procure the cuy that I had always wanted to try since I had seen a documentary about eating - my then pets - as a kid 20+ years earlier. There are Cuy tokens everywhere in Pasto a visit to the doctor and staring at you from his desk is a ceramic Cuy complete with stethoscope and white coat. Elsewhere cuy are bakers and clerks, housewives, hairdressers and truck drivers and - you guessed it - the parlour of Pasto’s most famous cuy restaurant has a large cuy chef complete with chequered pants and chef’s hat! I can also tell you they are delicious – and fresh – you can hear them squealing from the kitchen as they are dispatched. Make sure to order them roasted over the coals and served on a bed of popcorn with roast potatoes. Yes as mentioned above a quick swim in boiling water and you can literally wipe the fur off and roast them skin on. You must have the skin it keeps the juices in and roasts up like a very fine pork crackling. The meat is to die for: more gamey than rabbit, with a hint of rat but much softer and all that wrapped in the thinnest most delicate crackling you will find anywhere. As for those previous posts worried about eating Bambi – we served them at our wedding to many Australians for whom the only concession we made was removing the heads (sacrilege to most locals as the cheeks are one of the best parts) all but my mother consumed them happily but in the Cuy’s defence we hardly even got my mother from the airport to the wedding after she discovered that taxis like most cars in Colombia come standard without seatbelts and no one remembers anymore why the Mayans painted lines down the middle of roads. On another topic – PLAESE PLEASE PLEASE I am looking for BSFs - black soldier flies (as posted by Gary Mc elsewhere on this forum) I promise not to eat them without reporting back! – They are for feeding frogs for conservation breeding projects at the Amphibian Research Centre. Anyone who knows anyone who has a friend etc. that has seen one etc. I will pay/beg or offer photos of roasted cuy – heads on or off your choice – if you can please help me get hold of a few maggots/larvae I will be very happy and the frogs very grateful! Thanks Gerry Marantelli
  10. sorry double post - please remove this one thanks