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Probably soldier fly, which lay eggs in compost.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 15, 2010 at 20:39
Ditto. There's a commercial worm farm down the road and the worms live in a totally screened separate house. That's what's needed unless you can figure out a way to keep the soldier flies from laying eggs in the air vents. I used to hook the yellow egg masses out each day.
Comment by Scarlett on July 15, 2010 at 20:16
ah - they are the reason i've given up on my worm farms!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 15, 2010 at 19:48
Yes, they do that and are sometimes called 'compost flies' but the larvae turn everything into a mush and prefer (so I'm told) an acid environment, not good for compost worms. The SFs are a major nuisance in wormeries, eat the worm food and make the bedding un-liveable.
Comment by Tracy Arnold on July 15, 2010 at 18:34
That's a soldier fly, they lay eggs in compost. Although the larvae look totally gross, they do help break down the compost.

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