Hermetia Illucens
or Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL)


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Hermetia illucens, the black soldier fly, “is a common and widespread fly of the family Stratiomyidae. The larvae and adults are considered neither pests nor vectors. Instead, black soldier fly larvae play a similar role to that of redworms as essential decomposers in breaking down organic substrates and returning nutrients to the soil.

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) are an excellent source of sustainable protein for aqua culture, animal feed, and pet and human nutrition. The larvae have voracious appetites and can be used for composting household food scraps and agricultural waste products.” Keep learning

Short life cycle:30-40 days
High fecundity:900 eggs per spawn
Fast growth:hatch to harvest is only 10 to 12 days
Excellent nutritional profile:low chitin content
High resistance:any known disease as of today
Autogenous species:adult doesn’t eat
Adult fly is not a pestnor bite, sting or spread disease
Non-invasive speciesnot a carrier of disease for livestock or human




Biowaste Processing with Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Feeding 10 Billion

Based on the observation, Dr. Taylor did some analyses of the insects, and determined that they were actually quite efficient at turning food waste into biomass. PLEASE CHECK THIS GREAT PRESENTATION from page 49 to 54 Credit: Philip Taylor, Duke University.



Environmental impact of food waste bioconversion by insects: Application of Life Cycle Assessment to process using Hermetia illucens


  • Food waste bioconversion by insects is assessed using Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Hermetia illucens (an insect of the Diptera order) is considered.
  • Three different functional units were used to carry out the analysis.
  • Comparisons were made with conventional production of protein and lipids.
  • A sensitivity analysis evaluates the effects of varying significant factors.



Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens and effects on its life cycle

In developing countries, effective waste management strategies are constrained by high collection costs and lack of adequate treatment and disposal options. The organic fraction in particular, which accounts for more than 50% of the waste production, constitutes a great, yet

Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens and effects on its life cycle (PDF Download Available).


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