The effects of larval diet on adult life-history traits of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)

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Title: The effects of larval diet on adult life-history traits of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)
Authors: Gobbi, Paola | Martínez-Sánchez, Anabel | Rojo, Santos
Research Group/s: Bionomía, Sistemática e Investigación Aplicada de Insectos Dípteros e Himenópteros
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales | Universidad de Alicante. Centro Iberoamericano de la Biodiversidad
Keywords: Diptera | Stratiomyidae | Hermetia illucens | Larval diet | Wing morphometry | Immature stages | Ovarian development | Hen feed | Meat meal
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: 11-Jul-2013
Publisher: Czech Academy of Sciences. Institute of Entomology | Czech Entomological Society
Citation: European Journal of Entomology. 2013, 110(3): 461-468. doi:10.14411/eje.2013.061
Abstract: Larvae of Hermetia illucens feed on different types of decomposing organic matter and their development depends on the quality and quantity of food ingested. In this study the effect of three artificial diets was analyzed, namely hen feed, meat meal and a mixture of these two diets. The effects of diet on ovarian development, size, mortality, duration of the larval and pupal stages and sex ratio were studied. Results indicate that the meat meal diet was the worst of the three diets in terms of percentage mortality and duration of the larval and pupal stages. We conclude that food ingested by the black soldier fly larvae determines both the physiological and morphological development of the adults.
Sponsor: This study was funded by a contract between the company Flysoil S.L. and the University of Alicante (FLYSOIL 2-09I), the scholarship sub-programme Torres Quevedo 2010–2012 (Ministry of Innovation and Science 2012) and partially by the projects GRE09-27 (University of Alicante) and GV/2011/039 (Generalitat Valenciana).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/40872
ISSN: 1210-5759 (Print) | 1802-8829 (Online)
DOI: 10.14411/eje.2013.061
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2013 Institute of Entomology
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.14411/eje.2013.061
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