Life-History Traits of the Black Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), Reared on Three Manure Types. Academic Article uri icon


  • Structural changes and growth of animal production systems have resulted in greater volumes of manure. Current manure storage methods pose a potential environmental threat. Lessening these issues is a key concern for the animal production industry. The primary aim of this research was to evaluate black soldier fly (BSF) performance when fed poultry, swine, or dairy manure at different rates (18 or 27 g/2 d until 40% prepupation). The results indicated that larvae fed with the control diet (Gainesville diet) were the heaviest (+31-70%); however, for other life-history traits, those fed the higher feed rate of poultry manure produced comparable results to the control. Larvae fed more resource, regardless of manure type, weighed more as larvae (+3-9%), pupae (+22-48%), and adults (+18-42%), developed faster (up to 3-4 d), had a higher percentage reach the prepupal stage (+2-16%), lived longer as adults (+1 d), and converted more resource to biomass (up to 1% more) than those fed at the lower rate. Yet, no difference was detected in dry matter (DM) reduction across feed rate for a given manure type. Based on these results, all three manure types can be digested by black soldier fly larvae, thus demonstrating their potential for waste management.

published proceedings

  • Animals (Basel)

altmetric score

  • 2.6

author list (cited authors)

  • Miranda, C. D., Cammack, J. A., & Tomberlin, J. K.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Miranda, Chelsea D||Cammack, Jonathan A||Tomberlin, Jeffery K

publication date

  • May 2019