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 Forum: Buzz   Topic: MSU extracts oil from Black Soldier Fly meal

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:51 am 

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 Forum: Buzz   Topic: MSU extracts oil from Black Soldier Fly meal

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:46 pm 

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Good points! Today here in Abilene it is 108 degrees, so I really could bake them outside, thus reducing the cost of using the oven (however, the ovens stay on 24/7 in the lab using the energy any way). If I used the rotary evaporator, I could recover the hexane and recycle it, but there is energy i...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: MSU extracts oil from Black Soldier Fly meal

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:58 pm 

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Here is what I did: I washed the BSFL, then dried them for two days in a 60 degree Celsius oven. I read about others using a micromill to grind them up, but I don't have access to one, so I ground them using a mortar and pestle. I transferred the ground BSFL to a coffee filter and poured hexane over...

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: United States, Texas, Abilene

Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 9:04 pm 

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I have a picture of some larvae that is in better focus. Hopefully someday I will have time to sit and wait for flies to emerge. ;) These have been fed watermelon, avocado, pineapple, dog food, tomatoes, and acorn squash. http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r590/robinhart79/IMG_0688.jpg

 Forum: Range and Identification   Topic: United States, Texas, Abilene

Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:31 pm 

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http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r590/robinhart79/newlyhatchedbsf.jpg This male black soldier fly emerged about 2:00 p.m. on May 20, 2012. The day was sunny and the temperature was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. He was very docile and stayed on my finger for about 5 minutes before he defecated, at...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: MSU extracts oil from Black Soldier Fly meal

Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:21 pm 

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Here is a picture of some oil I managed to extract from BSFL by boiling them. It took ~ 100 to get this much, but my methods are pretty crude.

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: MSU extracts oil from Black Soldier Fly meal

Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 8:32 am 

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This summer, I am going to attempt to make BSFL oil into biodiesel, myself. All of the Chinese researchers that I have come across are drying the larvae, grinding them, soaking them in petroleum ether, and then evaporating it off to get the oil. I tried drying them, and then pressing out the oil, wi...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: MSU extracts oil from Black Soldier Fly meal

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 7:18 pm 

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I would love to know how they extracted that oil. From what I've read the oil is yellow. I've been trying to research the different ways people have extracted BSFL oil. Any ideas?

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: What foods do BSF really like to eat, a list

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:05 pm 

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I was reading an article in Renewable Energy called, "Double the biodiesel yield: Rearing black soldier fly larvae, Hermetia illucens , on solid residual fraction of restaurant waste after grease extraction for biodiesel production" and apparently they will eat the sludge that is left over...
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