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Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

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Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Stratiomyidae
Genus: Hermetia
Species: illucens

Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Glendale, Arizona
Mansfield, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Cazadero, California
New Iberia, Louisiana
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Wilsonville, Oregon
Atlanta, Texas
Irving, Texas
Lewisville, Texas
Newport News, Virginia

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Paulwhwest On Aug 19, 2007, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

Black soldier flies are generally considered non-pest flies because they only eat in their larval state (and thus do not transmit disease). They actually tend to reduce the population of pest flies because of their larvae's aggressive feeding habits. The larvae (also called "phoenix worms") are also sometimes used as food for pets or livestock.

Positive CharlieLittle On Apr 27, 2008, CharlieLittle from Mansfield, AR wrote:

There is considerable information concerning BSFL compiled at BSFLcomposting.com

We are using BSFL to convert and reduce kitchen waste and modern sewer facility classified organic solids.

Neutral firstbase On Feb 7, 2011, firstbase from Lewisville, TX wrote:

I found the larvae of this fly in my worm compost. They fed on wastes put into the compost and did not seem to disturb the worms there. The larvae are no longer visible in the compost. I understand the larvae move to drier places for the next stage of development.

Positive littlebitt On Jun 27, 2011, littlebitt from Atlanta, TX wrote:

Found out about this fly after I found the larva in my compost.They are great for keeping things from rotting they eat it so fast and the house and blow flies don't stand a chance. Used to be call privy flies in the days of outhouses. This fly is a work horse and good for the enviroment.

Positive sallyg On Dec 17, 2012, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b) wrote:

I first noticed these larvae in a bucketful of coffee grounds I had added to the compost. Now that I know how good they are, I'll pay more attention next time.
August 2013- With plenty of coffee grounds and kitchen scraps, I have a hearty population of BSF going.


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