Carrot Seed Project – Breeding Flies
One of my favourite projects is our carrot seed project. This project involves growing carrots to seed in an isolation tent to prevent cross-pollination with a common weed – Queen Anne’s lace. I have blogged frequently about this project in the past.
Carrots require insects for cross pollination and these insects need to be introduced into the enclosure. We use flies for pollination, which do so very effectively. In the past we have purchased fly pupae which hatch into flies, but these are relatively expensive. So this year I will attempt to capture flies using a method I developed last season.
But instead of writing about it I made a short video, talking about the method and fabricating my fly catching mechanism. You can watch the video here! (you might want to turn down your volume to start!) Be prepared for more to come…
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