Amazing Meat Eaters
This summer black soldier fly larvae invaded my worm bin. Instead of combating them,, I've been feeding them. I am amazed at how quickly they can process food scraps. I read that they not only consume vegetation, but you can give them meat and other things you would usually keep out of the compost or worm bins.
The other night I decided to experiment. I threw a little chicken wing into the bin. The next morning, the wing had vanished. I wondered what they would do with a half eaten rotisserie chicken carcass. I dropped it in. Late that afternoon I took a peak and the BSFL had sucked half the bird under the surface of the castings. The next morning, the entire chicken was gone. I used a little garden spade to dig around, some of the bones were sort of left, but the little carnivores had pretty much completely eaten an entire chicken in 24 hours. Amazing!