BSF larvae consuming a hamburger

Another great time lapse video of BSF larvae voraciously consuming left overs.  This time a hamburger.  Thanks again to Stefan @ EAWAG.

Time Lapse Video of BSF Eating: A Gem from Fellow Researchers in Costa Rica

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!

Eggs Hatch! Complete Reproduction Cycle of Hermetia Illucens Achieved in Captivity

(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’

Black Soldier Fly Research Complete Bibliography

To complement the article on Compiled Black Soldier Fly cultivation techniques, I’ve added the bibliography of Black Soldier Fly research articles in the hopes that you fine people will help me add articles I may have missed.  Where possible, I will be adding links to the free or purchasable articles.  If you fine individuals find online links of the pay or free variety, please post in the comments section so I can post them.

In order by year and by alphabetical Article Title: Continue reading ‘Black Soldier Fly Research Complete Bibliography’

BSD Prepares to Test Soldier Fly Mating Facility

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.

Black Soldier Fly: Compiled Research On Best Cultivation Practices

The following represents the “nuts and bolts” facts relevant to Black Soldier Fly cultivation which were found buried inside of research texts. The key distinguishing factor is that they are organized by environmental considerations (in bold). Where inconsistencies are found they are noted. Assistance, suggestions, along the lines of additional sources, inconsistencies, and added environmental considerations are highly welcome. I hope to make this a very active post.

Links to the direct online texts quoted are posted at the bottom… Continue reading ‘Black Soldier Fly: Compiled Research On Best Cultivation Practices’

Best Fishmeal Research Links

In the future I’ll be posting up an article on why BioSystems Design (and now others) are placing their bets on a product substitute for fishmeal. In advance of this article, I’d like to put up what I view as the best links for researching fishmeal.

During my research, my goal was to determine supply, elasticity of demand, and other competitive substitutes. Keep this fact in mind… Continue reading ‘Best Fishmeal Research Links’


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