Another great time lapse video of BSF larvae voraciously consuming left overs. This time a hamburger. Thanks again to Stefan @ EAWAG.
Tags: 5000 larvae vs 2 fish, Black Soldier Fly Video, Hermetia Illucens Video, Larvae Eating Video
While traveling, I had the excellent opportunity to visit Stefan Diener, a Swiss reasearcher and entomologist doing research on Black Soldier Fly as an “ecological engineer” for waste management. EAWAG has an excellent site about Stefan’s work here. Also exciting, Stefan showed me a time lapse video he took the time to make of the BSF eating two fish (one cooked and one uncooked) and has been kind enough to share it. Here it is below: seeing is believing!
If you have trouble viewing let me know!
Tags: animal feed research, Black Soldier Fly, Black Soldier Fly Cultivation, Entomology, Hermetia Illucens, Hermetia Illucens Reproduction, Insect-Feed, Larvae Cultivation, larvae meal, maggot meal
(Bogotá, Colombia)—Humans may require music by Marvin Gay or scented candles, Black Soldier Flies require humidity and temperature to be just right to mate and lay eggs—and especially for those eggs to hatch. After a few months of work, BioSystems Design nailed all the right conditions and had its first eggs of a contained reproductive cycle hatch this week.
Despite a few articles on the subject, the hatchings were not a forgone conclusion. Continue reading ‘Eggs Hatch! Complete Reproduction Cycle of Hermetia Illucens Achieved in Captivity’
Tags: Animal Feed, Bio-Conversion, BioSystems Design, Black Soldier Fly, Black Soldier Fly Cultivation, Composting, Ento-meal, food waste, Hermetia Illucens, Insect-Based Feed, Larvae Cultivation
29 August 2008
(Bogotá, Colombia) – after two months of construction, BioSystems Design LLC has completed its Black Soldier Fly Mating Facility. The completion of the mating facility marks the end of the second construction phase on the larvae-meal production plant. The mating facility will provide the optimum conditions for the black soldier fly larvae to mate and lay eggs.
BioSystems Design’s primary goals with the plant are to produce larvae-meal and process food wastes. However, not all larvae can be processed into larvae-meal. It is necessary to allow some percentage of the larvae produced to mature into flies and reproduce. This maintains large populations in the plant while larvae are being harvested. The mating facility permits BioSystems Design to observe the mating populations and egg production and provide the optimum conditions for reproduction.
This achievement by BioSystems Design puts it another step closer to operating its prototype design for a large food waste processing and larvae-meal production plant.