The Black Soldier Fly

Black Soldier Fly Larvae: Pest or Partner?


Hello again everyone. I’m back with something a little different this time. A little background first. The world of worms seems to be constantly evolving, both in scope and sophistication. What often starts out as an interesting hobby has changed into small businesses for quite a number of people. Also, as people get more efficient at producing their worm castings, they are able to raise their standards of production and their quality control. Further, while they do this their understanding of the composting universe gets deeper and deeper. They come to know that they’re not simply raising worms for their castings, but more importantly they come to view themselves as stewards of microbes. Fostering microbial life is what they’re after as they are the true managers of the health of soil. So, recycle waste, feed to the worms, multiply microbes and fungi, insert into soil, make healthier soil, grow better and more nutritious plants.


Along the way of our growing understanding of soil health we tend to find ourselves expanding our knowledge about how to do that. Suddenly you might find yourself getting into making Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT), or like my friend Steve Churchill, you suddenly become fascinated by the use of Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSLF). It turns out that these critters are waaayy more efficient at the recycling process than worms are.

Since one of the driving motivations at WormCycle is to foster a broader understanding of soil health and how we can to our small part, I thought you might enjoy what Steve has put together here. Fellow worm heads Larry Shier and Quoc-Huy Nguyen Dinh have done some pretty cool work and study on these critters. Steve puts it all together in one of his many articles about worm farming and composting in general. The link is below. Enjoy.

Link to Black Soldier Fly.



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