Symton black soldier fly larvae make great feeders - we know this. But did you also know that our larvae are used in scientific experiments to further the understanding of this amazing insect? It's true! Check out some of the publications our larvae have been featured in below.

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Symton is passionate about research and advancing scientific knowledge about black soldier flies, and would love to play a part in your research.

We are able to customize the larvae to meet your specific experimental criteria, and can offer consulting or advice about all things black soldier fly - just ask!


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Publications featuring symton black soldier fly larvae

Alyokhin, Andrei, Aaron Buzza, and Jack Beaulieu. "Effects of food substrates and moxidectin on development of black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens." Journal of Applied Entomology 143.1-2 (2019): 137-143.

Barrett, M., et al. "Welfare considerations for farming black soldier flies, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae): a model for the insects as food and feed industry." Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 9.2 (2023): 119-148.

Bernard, E., et al. "Colonisation of finfish substrate inhabited by black soldier fly larvae by blow flies, bacteria, and fungi." Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 6.3 (2020): 291-304.

Dempster, Fiona, et al. "Market potential for Black Soldier Fly fertiliser products." (2022).

Erbland, Patrick, Andrei Alyokhin, and Michael Peterson. "An Automated Incubator for Rearing Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia illucens)." Transactions of the ASABE 64.6 (2021): 1989-1997.

Erbland, Patrick, et al. "Dose-dependent retention of omega-3 fatty acids by black soldier fly larvae (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)." Journal of economic entomology 113.3 (2020): 1221-1226.

Erbland, Patrick. Sustainable Production of Feed for Recirculating Aquaculture using Black Solider Flies and Microalgae. The University of Maine, 2020.

Gray, Adam Joseph. "Remote Restrooms: New Methods Of Waste Management In Remote Locations." (2019).

Kinney, Marissa, et al. "Suppression of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Reduction of Other Bacteria by Black Soldier Fly Larvae Reared on Potato Substrate." Microbiology Spectrum 10.5 (2022): e02321-22.

Lin, Yushin. Rearing black soldier fly to supplement natural populations in waste composting systems. Diss. Clemson University, 2016.

Palma, Lydia, et al. "Managing high fiber food waste for the cultivation of black soldier fly larvae." NPJ science of food 3.1 (2019): 15.

Palma, Lydia Grace. Cultivation of Black Soldier Fly Larvae on Almond Byproduct as a Sustainable Protein Source. University of California, Davis, 2020.

Perednia, Douglas A., Jennifer Anderson, and Andrew Rice. "A comparison of the greenhouse gas production of black soldier fly larvae versus aerobic microbial decomposition of an organic feed material." Res. Rev. J. Ecol. Environ. Sci 5 (2017): 10-16.

Rowe, Abraham. "Insects farmed for food and feed—global scale, practices, and policy." (2020).Shaphan, Y. Chia, et al. "Nutritional composition of black soldier fly larvae feeding on agro-industrial by-products." (2020).

Villazana, Joshua. Black Soldier Fly Larvae as Value-Added Feed for Aquaculture in Maine. The University of Maine, 2018.

Villazana, J., and A. Alyokhin. "Development of black soldier fly larvae (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) on seafood wastes." Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 5.4 (2019): 313-319.

Villazana, Joshua, and Andrei Alyokhin. "Tolerance of immature black soldier flies (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) to cold temperatures above and below freezing point." Journal of Economic Entomology 112.6 (2019): 2632-2637.

Yarger, Alexandra M. Inertial encoding mechanisms and flight dynamics of dipteran insects. Case Western Reserve University, 2020.

Yarger, Alexandra M., et al. "Takeoff diversity in Diptera." Proceedings of the Royal Society B 288.1942 (2021): 20202375.