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» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Sun 04 Dec 2016, 1:28 pm
I just started my compost pile with rabbit poo and veggie scraps, tea bags, coffee ground, anything and everything I can put in a compost pile. I have it held together with some leftover chicken wire from my critter cages. Well, the first day I went out to turn it, these HUGE (okay, according to my standards huge but really only about the size of a quarter) black beetles scurried out of the pile. Ugh!!! I tried googling to find a picture of them but no luck. They were solid black, kind of wide, flat bodies, and I think a yellow stripe on them. Has anyone seen bugs like these before?? I know bugs will play a part in the composting of all the materials, but...ugh!!!!
@Belle87ad wrote:I think that's it!!!!! Lord, I didn't expect to see these things coming out when I turned the pile. Are there any bugs I *should* be worried about being in there??
I assume they will help break the compost down. They feed on decaying vegetation as well as carrion. That's why I said they have their place in the food chain. Perhaps someone with more compost experience can add their 2 cents worth.
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