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

Good News for Aquaculture. Part IV.

By admin | November 22, 2023

Good News for Aquaculture. Part IV. Good news just keep coming. This time, a study has shown that basa, which is a species of cat fish with a good potential for aquaculture, grows better and has its immunity boosted when fed formulated feeds containing black soldier fly larvae. Fatima, S., Afzal, A., Aziz, K. and   …Read More

Black Soldier Fly in Circular Economy

By admin | November 22, 2023

Black Soldier Fly in Circular Economy Black soldier fly is a great recycler. However, this does not mean that black soldier fly farming universally fits into each and every production system in each and every area of the world. There are all kinds of considerations that need to be kept in mind. A recent paper   …Read More

Safety of Farmed Black Soldier Flies

By admin | November 21, 2023

Safety of Farmed Black Soldier Flies Safety is always an important consideration, and especially when dealing with all things edible. Black soldier flies are no exception, especially taking into consideration what they themselves are eating. A recent article reports results of an extensive study of the safety of black soldier fly larvae reared on different   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Help with Food Coloring

By admin | November 10, 2023

Black Soldier Flies Help with Food Coloring Lutein is a natural food colorant that also has antioxidant properties. Among other applications, it can be used to brighten poultry feathers and deepen the color of egg yolk. A recent study reports that black soldier fly larvae can bioaccumulate lutein from the substrates that they consume. Feeding   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Digest Antibiotics

By admin | November 9, 2023

Black Soldier Flies Digest Antibiotics Or, to be more precise, bacteria associated with black soldier flies do. This could be helpful when using black soldier flies to recycle municipal wastes, which are likely to contain antibiotic residues. Xia, J., Ge, C. and Yao, H., 2024. Identification of functional microflora underlying the biodegradation of sulfadiazine-contaminated substrates   …Read More

Allergy to Black Soldier Flies

By admin | November 3, 2023

Allergy to Black Soldier Flies Food safety is always a consideration, but it may be particularly important for novel foods. General recommendation is that people who are allergic to shellfish should be concerned about eating insects. Indeed, a recent study confirms cross-reactivity among black soldier flies, shrimp, and mites. This is not surprising because all   …Read More

Black Soldier Flies Help Brussels Sprouts Grow

By admin | November 3, 2023

Black Soldier Flies Help Brussels Sprouts Grow It is not just about kale or mustard any more. Brussels sprouts also benefit from soil being amended by frass and cast skins from black soldier flies and other insects. van de Zande, E.M., Wantulla, M., van Loon, J.J. and Dicke, M., 2023. Soil amendment with insect frass   …Read More

You Are What You Eat Part II

By admin | October 27, 2023

You Are What You Eat Part II Including black soldier fly ingredients in animal feeds may affect meat composition and quality. For giltheaded seabrim studied in the study referenced below, it changed the fatty acid profile, and not in the best possible way. Still, fillet composition stayed well within the range recommended for a healthy   …Read More

Cooperation Is the Key

By admin | October 27, 2023

Cooperation Is the Key Another recent paper demonstrates the importance of microorganisms for black soldier fly well-being. Lignocellulose, which is a major component in wood and wood-derived products, such as paper, is very difficult for animals to digest. Microorganisms, on the other hand, often can do it. Having such microorganisms in the gut may be   …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.