Small-Scale Fly Larvae Production for Animal Feed

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  • Marc Kenis
  • Bawoubati Bouwassi
  • Hettie Boafo
  • Emilie Devic
  • Richou Han
  • Gabriel Koko
  • N'Golopé Koné
  • Gabriela Maciel-Vergara
  • Saidou Nacambo
  • Sètchémè Charles Bertrand Pomalegni
  • Martin Roffeis
  • Maureen Wakefield
  • Fen Zhu
  • Elaine Fitches

Two fly species, the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens, and the house fly, Musca domestica, are presently being promoted and used as feed for monogastric animals. Various production systems are being developed in different contexts and regions, from very small-scale used by smallholder farmers to industrial scale production factories. This chapter reviews the information available on production methods for the two fly species, with a focus on small-scale production systems. Larvae of both fly species can be produced either by exposing substrates to attract naturally occurring flies, or by breeding adults to obtain eggs that will be placed on the larval rearing substrates. The two fly species are compared with respect to performance, user-friendliness, safety and sustainability. The advantages and disadvantages associated with rearing these species in different situations and perspectives are highlighted. This chapter also discusses knowledge gaps and provides recommendations for production and suggestions for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems
EditorsAfton Halloran, et al.
Number of pages23
Publication date14 May 2018
ISBN (Print)9783319740102
ISBN (Electronic)9783319740119
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2018

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