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Insect-based Processing of Biodegradable Waste
Below are pictures highlighting Black Soldier flies engaged in processing and recycling organic wastes. We welcome contributions to this collection, questions and comments. Send pictures in jpg or jpeg format for us to post - simply Contact Us, and attach your picture in an email along with a brief description or story to accompany the image. We will post answers and comments to questions on our Q&A's and Comments website page. You can also send Comments and Questions to us by responding back through our Blog website page.
Image of Black Soldier flies mating -  passing on life to a new generation.
Images of Black Soldier fly egg clusters deposited in food scrap recycling bin lids.
Newborn Black Soldier fly larvae hatched from eggs ranging from one to just under one week old.
Black Soldier fly larvae of approximately one to two weeks of age.
Black Soldier fly larvae feeding on food scrap wastes.
Adult female BSF depositing an egg clutch on vegetable waste inside BSF processing bin.
Newly hatched Black Soldier fly larvae collected from a Black Soldier fly nursery.
Image of Black Soldier fly larvae processing food scrap leachate (the liquid fraction recovered from decaying food scrap).
Image of young Black Soldier fly larvae harvested from food scrap bin before reaching the prepupa stage.
Image of Black Soldier fly larvae trapped in water catch basin placed beneath exit site of food scrap processing bin.
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BSF and Larvae at Varying Stages of Their Life Cycle
BSF Consuming Fish Carcass Placed in Food Scrap Bin
Image of large Tuna carcass a few hours after placing it inside a Black Soldier fly Food Scrap recycling bin.
Image of Tuna carcass approximately 24 hours later - only the skeleton and outer head scales remain.
BSF Prepupae Containment Bin Used to Collect Larvae Exiting from Food Scrap Recycling Bin
Image of DipTerra LLC Black Soldier Fly Food Scrap Recycler set inside Prepupae Containment Bin.
Inside view of Pre-pupae Containment Bin.
Outside view of Containment Bin showing exit hole through which prepupae crawl in seeking a place to pupate.
Top down view of DipTerra LLC Black Soldier Fly Food Scrap Recycler resting inside Pre-pupae Containment Bin.
Exit port of  Prepupae Containment Bin showing where pre-pupae exit and drop into collection bucket.
Herps Feeding on Young Larvae
Image of Frilled dragon ready to to strike -  his eyes are fixed on a young Black Soldier larval meal  (see arrow).
Leopard geeko admiring a young Black Soldier fly larva just before gulping it down.

BSF (Black Soldier Fly) Forums | Pictures & Videos

Examples - Conversion of Various Trash Bins and Totes Into BSF Propagation Bioreactors (PBRs) Through Addition of Vent and Drain Holes In Base Units
Various bins and totes modified by the addition of vent and drainage holes in the walls and sides can be converted into Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Propagation Bioreactors (PBR's) used in propagating BSF. Adult females after mating, attracted to food waste and other biodegradable matter added to the PBRs, enter through holes in the walls and lids of the PBRs, and deposit egg clutches which subsequently hatch in a matter of a few days. New larvae emerging from the egg clutches proliferate in the waste. Upon reaching the prepupae stage in their life-cycle, they freely self-harvest from the waste through the drain and vent holes in the units, pupate on finding a dry place hidden from predators, re-emerge as adults, and mate. PBRs can be used in this manner as a relatively simple means of propagating and growing BSF off a variety o biodegradable wastes.
Video Pictures of Adult BSF in Working Propagation Workstation and Egg Clutch Deposits on Walls and Edges of Propagation Bioreactors