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

Black Soldier Flies Help Lettuce Grow

By admin | April 17, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Help Lettuce Grow Also, arugula. The list of plants helped out by soil amendments derived from black soldier fly larvae is growing at such a pace that it is probably time to start talking about the general nature of this phenomenon. Chavez, M.Y., Uchanski, M. and Tomberlin, J.K., Impacts of Black Soldier   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Like Beer

By admin | April 17, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Like Beer Or, to be more precise, beer waste. Still, who can blame them? Not surprisingly, the benefits of good nutrition at a larval stage are carried over to adults. Laursen, S.F., Flint, C.A., Bahrndorff, S., Tomberlin, J.K. and Kristensen, T.N., 2024. Reproductive output and other adult life-history traits of black soldier   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Help with Biological Control

By admin | April 13, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Help with Biological Control Amending soils with wastes left from black soldier fly rearing is already well known to promote growth of different plants, including kale, mustard, grasses, and Brussels sprouts. It turns out that adding the skins cast by black soldier flies during molting (entomologists call them exuvia) to the soil   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Digest Plastic

By admin | April 9, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Digest Plastic With the help of associated microorganisms. This does not mean that black soldier flies can be switched onto a diet of recycled bottles. However, looks like they may be able to break up some of the plastics potentially present in mixed wastes. Wang, J., Liu, C., Cao, Q., Li, Y.,   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Adapt to Cold

By admin | April 9, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Adapt to Cold Black soldier flies are native in areas with relatively warm climates. This can be a problem while farming them in colder areas. Fortunately, it looks like they can be bred to become more tolerant to cold. Interestingly, this change is also associated with a shift in the community of   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Make Lush Meadows

By admin | April 6, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Make Lush Meadows It is not just about Brussels sprouts. Black soldier fly frass also helps other plants to grow. Rodgers, E., Nicolson, E., Lauder, S. and Hodge, S., 2024. Response of Pasture Grasses to Organic Fertilizer Produced from Black Soldier Fly Frass. Plants, 13(7), 943. Livestock and dairy farmers are increasingly   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Kill Weeds

By admin | April 6, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Kill Weeds Recycling organic wastes using black soldier flies generates a valuable soil amendment that has positive effects on growing crops. As a bonus, it may also suppress some weeds. Meyers, S.L., Arana, J., Giraldo, L.C., Ingwell, L., Rodríguez, L. and Vargas, N., 2024. Effect of Black Soldier Fly Larvae and Food   …Read More

Not Feed Alone

By admin | April 6, 2024

Not Feed Alone While producing ingredients for animal feeds and reducing volumes of food waste is the main focus of black soldier fly husbandry, there is an increasing interest in high value-added products. Understandably, a lot of research effort focused on chitin and chitosan, which are important biopolymers with multiple industrial applications. However, there are   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Fight Alien Invaders

By admin | April 6, 2024

Black Soldier Flies Fight Alien Invaders Invasions by non-native species that become economically and environmentally damaging pests is a very important problem facing people around the world. Water hyacinth is one such species. While it definitely has pretty flowers, this plant forms dense mats floating on the surface of lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways,   …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.