Black solidier fly larvae-variation in growth rate

I recently collected a newly laid clutch of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens)eggs for a photographic study of their development and I isolated three of them for the photos. I placed the three individuals and the remaining few hundred BSF from that clutch into identical containers. I didn’t keep detailed records, but there is an interesting comparison that I believe…

Mythbusting black soldier flies

There are more than 100,000 species of flies, but in most people’s minds a fly is a fly, period. The species most people automatically think of are the house flies, blow flies, and bottle flies. Our disdain for these pests is understandable because they are known transmitters of human diseases, but non-pest black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens) are different in…

Black soldier fly composting in the frigid north

Actually, this post applies to any region that has seasonal temperatures below that which support BSF mating. This encompasses the entire continental U.S. except for a few extreme southern areas. Black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens) are common in tropical and subtropical regions, but their range extends into many northern states of the continental U.S. You can easily operate a BSF…

Black Soldier Fly cultivation – “nuts and bolts”

The purpose of this post is to feature a blog that is valuable to anyone researching black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens). It’s called BioSystems Design and below is an excerpt from their “about” page. About BioSystems Design. BioSystems Design LLC. is dedicated to the transformation of what was previously considered waste into valuable products. Our institutional knowledge and designs are…