In May of 2007 I was sitting at the computer in my home office researching black soldier flies. I had not yet seen one at that point in time, at least not that I was aware of. It was a warm south Georgia spring day and I had left the door open. A few bugs flew in and out, but it was just too nice to close the door. One bug in particular was rather loud as it buzzed at the window apparently looking for a way out. I’m in the habit of photographing insects that I find around the house so I snapped a pic of this bug. I went back to my research and entered “black soldier fly” into Google and clicked “search images”. As you’ve probably figured out already the “bug” that had entered my office and buzzed my head as I did the search was a black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens). Black soldier flies rarely enter houses and in the year that I’ve worked with them since there has been only one other time that a BSF entered my office. The photo above is the BSF from that day, the first that I had seen. And, yes, I should clean the windows more often…

One of the best ways to identify a Black Soldier Fly is to observe the white legs, or tarsi.

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