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Black Soldier Fly - A Fly with huge economic potential

What is BSF ?

BS( Black Soldier Fly or Hermetia illucens) is a common and widespread fly of the family Stratiomyidae. Presently, it is spread globally and can be said cosmopolitan.

Why BSF?

1.Waste to rich fertilizer

2.Good quality manure formation from livestock manure

3.Huge source of oil and protein as a livestock feed

Life Cycle of BSF

Life cycle of the BSF can be categorized mainly into four phases:

1. Egg- Deposits about 500 eggs in cracks and crevices; decaying matter such as dung, carrion, garbage, and other organic waste. They are 1 mm in length.

2. Larva- Larva emerges in about 4 days.The larvae can reach 27 mm in length and 6 mm in width. Goes through six instars and 14 days period.

3. Pupa- It requires about 2 weeks to turn into adult.

4. Adult stage- The adult flies are neither pest nor disease vector.

BSF has immense potential in waste management sector and as a livestock feed if further research and commercial approach is made.

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