Are you wondering why your Fly Predators haven't hatched yet and want to know how to help them hatch quicker? Jess our Fly Predator Scientist has the answers...
Why Fly Predator Hatch Times Vary
The species that comprise Fly Predators have a life cycle that is very dependent on overall average temperatures. At ideal conditions (around 85°F) it takes a minimum of 2 weeks for the Fly Predator to develop from egg to adult. At much cooler temperatures, they can take 6 weeks or more to hatch.
Generally, we try to send out Fly Predators that have already been incubated for about a week, so that in the warm summer months, they will begin hatching within 5 days of arrival. However, temperatures during travel and temperatures where they are being kept can have large impacts on how quickly Fly Predators hatch. During the first shipment of the season, it’s not unusual for your Fly Predators to take 10 to 14 days after arrival to emerge. It’s much faster than that during the heat of August.
How Do I Help My Fly Predators Hatch Quicker?
If your weather is warm and you want to make sure your Fly Predators hatch as quickly as possible, keep them at a consistently warm temperature once you receive them. Don’t put them in direct sun as this can make them too hot while in the bag. On top of a refrigerator is a cozy place, but write a note so you don’t forget them.
If your weather is cooler than normal, particularly if you have a chance of freezing night time temperatures, you will want to slow down the hatching of your Fly Predators. If they traveled through cool temperatures on their way to you (which often happens in the early spring and late fall), even once kept consistently warm, it may take 2 weeks or more for your Fly Predators to hatch. If kept outside once they arrive, and night time temperatures are still falling down into the 50’s, this could also result in delayed hatching, even if daytime temperatures are getting into the 70’s or higher. You can match the speed of emergence to match your weather, which is also how quickly your pest flies will be emerging.
Bottom line: don’t worry if your Fly Predators don’t hatch right away in the spring and fall. Try to keep them in a consistently warm location, such as on top of a refrigerator or other electrical appliance that generates a little heat (just don’t cook them).
For me, preparing a meal for someone has always been a creative way to express affection. Food feeds not only my body but the preparation feeds my mind. Famed writer and narrative genius, Virginia Woolf said, “One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well.” With many folks working from home or on leave right now I thought you might want some quality family time cooking together! Below are two of my favorite recipes you can share with your fellow humans AND two recipes to treat your animal family as well. We hope you all are making the most of this extra time at home perhaps planning your future trail rides, trainings, and summer shows and plans!
Absolutely easy. Absolutely yummy. Absolutely perfect for Spring!
Cashew lemon frosting:1 1/2 cups cashewsJuice from 1 lemon 2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid2 tablespoons coconut nectar (or milk)1 teaspoon vanilla powderWater, as needed Carrot cake:3 large carrots, peeled and chopped into small chunks 1 1/2 cups oats 2 cups pitted dates1/2 cup dried coconut 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg Frosting: Blend all ingredients in your high speed blender until smooth, adding water as needed. Give it a taste then put it in the fridge so you don't eat all of it right away! ;-)
Cake: Process the oats into flour in your food processor then throw the rest of the ingredients in the food processor and process until it all begins to stick together. Assemble: Press half the cake mixture into a 4 inch (or there about) spring form pan to set the mold. Carefully remove it from the spring form, put on a plate, and put in the freezer until it's solid. Do the same to the remaining half of the cake mixture. Once the cakes are set in the freezer, spread about 1/3 of the frosting onto the top of one of the cake layers. Put it back in the freezer until the layer of frosting is hard. Place on the other cake layer and frost the entire thing, I let it set in the fridge overnight. Pull out about an hour before you want to enjoy! Easy peasey, tasty, and healthy carrot cake! Voilà!
Start to finish including clean up is 15 minutes! Seriously delish and healthy too!
Ingredients:1 cup walnuts1/3 cup chia seeds1/3 cup ground flax seeds1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened3/4 cup dried pepitas seeds1 cup raisins, unsweetened (SunMaid brand is unsweetened)1/2 cup datesoptional coconut oilThrow all the dry ingredients in your Vitamix (or something with similar power) dry canister and process. I pulled out a little bit from each of the dry ingredients for some added texture. Put dates and raisins in your Vitamix wet canister and top with your blended dry ingredients blending until they make a nice putty. Put it on a baking sheet atop a sheet of parchment and hand mix in the extra ingredients you left out. Press flat on the pan and pop in the fridge for an hour or so and voìla! The best ever energy bars!Clean up? A dash of soap in each canister filled half with water, run the blend for 30 seconds and there you go!
Cheers and thanks to our amazing entomologist, Jessica for this terrific recipe!
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour2 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil)1 egg
Easy peasy cookies your horse will thoroughly enjoy!
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees.)
4 cups whole oats1 can pumpkin2 cups water2 tsp baking powder1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour2 tsp cinnamon½ tsp nutmeg1 tbsp honey or molasses (optional)
February was a LONG month. Truly though… it had an extra 24 hours in it! Thankfully March is here and Spring arriving in short order! Here’s a few tips to help you transition from your winter hibernation to longer daylight hours and more outdoor activities!
Most importantly, pat yourself on the back for getting through these long winter months, give your horse a hug, and look forward to longer days and warmer rides! ♥
The largest group of horse owners in the U.S.A. ride purely for recreation. For pleasure. For the relationship with the horse. To enjoy the out of doors activity.
The people involved in the competitive riding disciplines (Western, English, Dressage, Gymkhana, Rodeo, etc.) usually know what kind of horse they are looking for. They seek breeds recognized for their affinity for that sport. However, it has been my experience that a high percentage of the folks who just want a horse as a companion, and for non-competitive trail riding, often set goals that are irrelevant, or even inappropriate for their needs.
For example, many such people use color as a goal. They limit their search to Paints, or Pintos, or Palominos, or Buckskins, or some other color.
Other people use size as criteria. Others use gender – a mare – or a gelding – or, I’ve had several times when innocent buyers decide they need a stallion for weekend trail rides. These decisions limit their choices.
The breed of horse influences many buyers. They aim, for various reasons, to own a specific breed because they have a mental image of the horse’s role in society, or relate to the breed to a specific individual, or group of people.
Often these poorly oriented choices work out well, but I have seen so many that were bad decisions. Doing countless thousands of pre-purchase exams during my career, I remember how often I concluded my written report with a comment like this: “A healthy, sound horse, but not ideally suitable for casual recreational riding because of … (temperament, lack of smooth gaits, aptitude for competitive events the buyer has no intention of pursuing, susceptibility to certain problems either physical or mental, and so on.)
I remember, early in my career, when one of my clients, a racing thoroughbred breeder, asked me to do a pre-purchase exam on a gentle, well-trained gelding of nondescript breeding, for her grandchildren, who visited monthly, to ride. I detected early ringbone and warned the client, but she bought the horse anyway.
Half a year later she phoned me and said, “Do you remember the horse you examined for my two grandkids when they visited me? Well all’s been well and we all love the horse. He’s so sweet. But, now that they’re learning to ride they like to trot, and I notice that he is a bit lame in the right fore. Can you check him?”
I did so and explained that I had warned her of the ringbone and its probable consequences.
She recalled no such warning. Her decision had been emotional and she had dismissed my negative advice from her memory.
From that day forward, I gave each client a written report when I did a pre-purchase exam, and filed a copy in my records. I also told them that I filed a copy of my report for every pre-purchase exam I did. My practice partners did the same.
I heard you ring, come in my friend!I was watching TV news,The price of gold, the rioting,and politicians' views.
There's been another murder,a plane crash, an earthquake, too.Come in and watch this rocket launch,It's been long since I've seen you.
Sit down old friend. I'm glad you're here.I've long wanted to sayThat you have a fault, a problem withAnimals that neigh.
You're always occupied at home,Messin' 'round the pen.There's more to life, you know old friend,Than horses and horsemen.
You're backward lookin', slow to change.It explains, to say the least,Your attachment to this expensiveand quite archaic beast
You're always broke, you spend your doughOn fence and stall and gate.Get with it, pal, and realizeIt’s nineteen eighty eight.
Why can’t you accept reality?The equine's day is done,Okay, except for racingTo provide a little fun.
You're cleaning pens and mending stuffWhile others golf and sail.You're always nursing injuriesYou've suffered on the trail.
Your conservatism seems stubborn toUs folks who look aheadTo century twenty one, a timeOf technology, it’s said.
You love things old, and historyAnd tack made just by hand.Pictures decorate your homeOf horses famed and grand.
Nostalgic and romantic scenesAppeal to your imagination.The smell of horse and barn and tackPreferred to urbanization.
We're in the age of computers, sir;Horses have no place.Though I admit they were usefuland helped the human race.
Born a hundred years too late,You're obsolete, of course.Hey! Never mind that rocket launchLet’s go out and see my horse.
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