Growth of the Black Soldier Fly Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) on Organic-Waste Residues and Its Application as Supplementary Diet for Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (Perciformes: Cichlidae)

Rafael Pérez-Pacheco, Demián Hinojosa-Garro, Fernando Ruíz-Ortíz, Juan Carlos Camacho-Chab, Benjamín Otto Ortega-Morales, Nancy Alonso-Hernández, Alicia Fonseca-Muñoz, Nadia Landero-Valenzuela, Henry Jesús Loeza-Concha, Fidel Diego-Nava, Fabián Arroyo-Balán, Carlos Alejandro Granados-Echegoyen

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Abstract

The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (BSF, Diptera: Stratiomyidae) is an insect with high protein value and a potential feed agent for animals aimed for human consumption. The growth parameters of BSF larvae reared on four substrates—restaurant-waste, fruit-waste, fish-waste, and commercial tilapia food—for 41 days before processing for inclusion into Oreochromis niloticus (Perciformes: Cichlidae, Nile tilapia) commercial fry diets at 30% (70:30) were determined. On fly larvae, the food substrate based on restaurant waste yielded the greatest larval weight and length. BSF larvae fed a fish-waste diet showed the shortest developmental time. The fruit-waste diet induced the lowest weight and length in the fly larvae/pre-pupae (immature stage). The pre-pupal protein values were similar to commercial food. On fry-fish, the diets with pre-pupae grown on fish waste showed the greatest yields regarding weight (biomass), length, and nutritional content. These results suggest the BSF has the potential to be used in fish feed and provides an alternative for commercial cultivation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number326
JournalInsects
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • economic alternative
  • fish-meal
  • Hermetia
  • organic urban waste

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