Hermetia illucens

Black Soldier Fly

Hermetia illucens, Black Soldier fly photo


Family: Stratiomyidae

Subfamily: Hermetiinae

Length: Fly in photo 19 mm


This distinctive species has spread worldwide, into both temperate and tropical areas. Larvae develop in a variety of substrates, including manure, carrion, and rotting plants.

The larvae are commercially raised for use in breaking down manure—they can reduce accumulations by 50%, while also making what remains less "hot" (less nitrogen-rich). The larvae are also used to reduce piles of coffee bean pulp, and in Brazil they are sold as a popular bait for fishing called "boro."

Photo location: Novo Airão, Amazonas state, Brazil.

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