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What does Black soldier fly eat during its life cycle?

Black soldier fly (BSF) is a generalist species able to consume large quantities of organic waste and turn to a value compost, the BSF larvae itself becomes a protein meal or fat for livestock feeds. As a result, BSF is a great candidate for waste management, this is an interesting solution for the future sustainability of our planet.

There are main 5 stages in the BSF life cycle: Egg > Larvae > Pre-pupa > Pupa > Adult.

Eggs – An adult BSF female can produce an average of 400 to 800 eggs, we will write more about the requirements to set up the BSF nursery in the future. However, the female BSF lays the egg nearby the source of food where the baby larvae can consume the food immediately.

Larvae – This is the stage where the magic happens, their food is all the animal manure, fecal sludge, municipal waste, food scraps, restaurant and market waste. As a result, they convert all the wastes into the value fertilizer. During the larvae development, BSF larvae are the hungry feeders.

Pre-puppa – Larvae slowly turns to black colour and about going away from the source of food. The Larvae will search for the dry – darken site for the pupa stage.

Pupa – At this stage, the larvae completely turn to the black colour, all the activity will be stopped and they completely stop moving. The pupa stage will last for about one to two weeks

Adult – An Adult BSF does not need to feed and rely on the fats stored from the larval stage, however, they still need to drink the water. They start looking for mating and the female will lay for the new egg, the new cycle begins.

What does black soldier fly eat at our BSF Farm in Australia?

Generally, Black soldier fly eats organic matter, animal manure, fish offal, food waste and vegetable waste with ease. During the early BSF larvae stage, we give the BSF eats the wheat bran to ensure they growth strongly at BSF Farm Australia. After that, we give them large quantities of vegetable waste as the main diet.

There are some tips to feed the BSF larvae that we’d to share:

  • Grinding the food into small pieces improve the BSF larvae consume ability
  • Fly screen installation in the breeding area is recommended to avoid housefly gets in.


Meanwhile, you can know more what we do at BSF Farm in the Our Mission page.

BSF farm locates in Darwin, Northern Territory Mr Vincent 0478 932 723. We supply Black Soldier Fly Larvae – organic high protein foods to pet lover, pet retailer, poultry farm. Great foods to feed the chicken, fish, quail, pet in Australia. You can also send us the message at the Contact page