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The Characteristics of a Black Soldier Fly

Mass-produced fly species may be fed to fish, pigs, poultry, and pets while simultaneously recycling organic waste. Commonly, many of us mistake Black Soldier Fly as our common housefly or mosquito that might be harmful and unhygienic. To break this misconception, let’s take a look at the main differences between the Black Soldier Fly and the housefly.

1. Identification

The adult black soldier fly is black in appearance and reaches about 5/8 of an inch in length, as its name indicates. Its elongated form and black body make it easy to spot. It has two transparent spots around its midsection and one set of wings, giving it a wasp-like look. Larvae of black soldier flies are more abundant than adults and may be distinguished by their huge size (as long as an adult) and dark-spined skin (exoskeleton).

Whereas the adult house flies are around an eighth to a quarter of an inch long, with unique sponging mouthparts and huge reddish-colored eyes. Their larvae (maggots) are off-white in hue, with a pointed dark-colored head and a body that tapers from the tail to the head.

2. Distribution