Black Soldier Fly

THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY

In our fight for a cleaner and healthier future, the Black Soldier Fly stands out as a front-line solution for a significant number of issues we face today. These tough little guys transform organic waste into valuable feed products at an amazing rate. 

BLACK SOLDIER FLY BLOG POSTS

Insecticides Hurt Black Soldier Flies

By admin | June 11, 2024

Insecticides Hurt Black Soldier Flies This is not a major revelation. Insecticides kill insects (hence the name). Black soldier flies are insects. Therefore, insecticides kill black soldier flies, or at least make them sick. This is an important consideration in recycling wastes. Since insecticides are widely used in agriculture, their residues are likely to be   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Power Trucks

By admin | June 7, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Power Trucks And other diesel engines. At least potentially, if economics of the process can be worked out. For safety reasons, some of the substrates suitable for rearing black soldier flies, such as carcasses of diseased animals or various manures, cannot be used to grow flies designated for animal feeds. However, they   …Read More

Horses Eat Black Soldier Flies

By admin | June 5, 2024

Horses Eat Black Soldier Flies Horses have just joined a long list of animals that can have black soldier flies as an ingredient in their feed. This is the first study on the subject that I know; therefore, additional work will be needed to figure out the details. Still, this is encouraging news. Burron, S.,   …Read More

Young Black Soldier Flies Have More Sex

By admin | May 29, 2024

Young Black Soldier Flies Have More Sex Not the most unexpected finding, but it is nice that somebody put an effort into documenting this. Dickerson, A.J., Lemke, N.B., Li, C. and Tomberlin, J.K., 2024. Impact of age on the reproductive output of Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, toae107 The current study examined   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Process Chicken Manure

By admin | May 29, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Process Chicken Manure Since chickens eat black soldier flies, this is a good thing for creating circular agriculture. Below is a reference to a study on the subject. it is not particularly novel, but very comprehensive. Govindaiah, P.M., Yandigeri, M.S., Gourkhede, D.P., Fairoze, N. and Rao, S.B., 2024. Bioconversion and Performance of   …Read More

Crickets…

By admin | May 29, 2024

Crickets… Yes, I am aware that the picture shows a hen and a rooster, not a cricket. However, this post is about an article that shows that cricket meal makes a better component of chicken feed than black soldier fly meal. This is perhaps unfortunate, but using black soldier flies has other advantages, such as   …Read More

Striped Catfish Eats Black Soldier Flies

By admin | May 29, 2024

Striped Catfish Eats Black Soldier Flies This is not surprising, because catfishes eat pretty much anything. However, good news here is that fish meal could be completely replaced with black soldier fly meal, while only partial replacement is often possible without compromising growth and metabolism of the fed animal. Ardra, M., Pradhan, C., Das, S.   …Read More

How Do Black Soldier Flies Kill Microorganisms?

By admin | May 29, 2024

How Do Black Soldier Flies Kill Microorganisms? Although back soldier flies do not universally wipe out all microorganisms around them, they are well known for suppressing some of them. This may open all kinds of exciting opportunities for using them in medicine. However, pursuing these opportunities requires understanding the mechanisms responsible for microbial suppression. A   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Heal Wounds

By admin | May 29, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Heal Wounds Earlier studies have shown that black soldier flies have antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties. In an article published earlier this month, researchers also demonstrated that oils extracted from black soldier fly larvae also help healing burn wounds. Rahayu, R., Utari, S.D., Santoso, P., Zaini, E. and Jessica, A., 2024. Effectiveness of   …Read More

Black Soldier Fly News

Black Soldier Fly News

New information on black soldier flies becomes available pretty much daily. Business deals are being struck, facilities are being built, original research publications appear in a wide variety of scientific journals, and news articles appear in popular mass media.

General Information on Black Soldier Flies

There's a reason that black soldier flies have created such a buzz recently. Everyone from big ag to backyard chicken farmers are realizing that black soldier flies are an innovative, inexpensive, green, and humane way to produce healthy, high-protein feed for livestock and even people. If your interest has been piqued, please explore.

Close-Up of Black Soldier Fly
Close-Up of Black Soldier Fly

Black Soldier Fly Myths and Misconceptions

As the idea of farming of black soldier flies gains track with agriculturalists, researchers, and general public, the amount of available information explodes. Much of it is valuable and contributes to further development of this technology. Some of it needs further verification. Some of it, however, is not entirely correct (or is entirely incorrect). We compiled a list of common misconceptions about this rather remarkable creature and its place in modern agriculture.

Feed Black Soldier Flies to Your Chickens

A chicken is not a penguin. Neither is it a pelican, nor a cormorant. It is not even a puffin. This does not seem like a particularly astute observation. Yet, fishmeal constitutes a considerable proportion of many commercially available chicken feeds. This creates a rather unnatural situation.

Black soldier fly larvae as chicken feed

BSFL for Dogs and Cats

How About Green, Cruelty-Free, High Protein Food for Your Dogs and Cats?

Pets are family. There is little doubt about that. However, they belong to different biological species. Therefore, their physiology and, hence, nutritional requirements are different. They cannot have the same diet as humans do. At the same time, they should not eat garbage just because it is not fit for human consumption. Black soldier flies may help addressing this issue.

Black Soldier Flies are Reptilian Superfood

Not all pets are warm and fuzzy. Quite a few of them are on a cooler side and covered with scales. Among the insect species commonly used to feed pet reptiles, black soldier flies stand out because of their unique nutritional value. Making them a regular part of your scaly pets' diet will be highly beneficial for their health and well-being.

Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Reptile Feed

Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Human Consumption

Black Soldier Fly Farming

So, you've decided to become a bug farmer. Friends and relatives are seriously concerned about your mental health, while the person you had been dating for a while left you for a financial industry executive. Still, this enterprise will be totally worth it in the end, as long as the right approach is taken.