Assessment of Diptera: Stratiomyidae, genus Hermetia illucens (L., 1758) using electron microscopy
Fernanda Oliveira, Klaus Doelle, Richard List, Joseph R O'Reilly
Black Soldier Flies (Hermetia illucens) are common in the western hemisphere as inhabitants of nutrient rich ecosystems such as manur piles and compost heaps. They pass through a five stage lifecycle i.e. larva, prepupae, pupa, and adult. The adults, 15 to 20 mm in length) have no mouth parts and therefore do not bite nor do they sting and are not known to transmit any diseases. The larva, are voraceous consumers and have been shown to be an effective maneur management tool. In this study a Scanning Electron Microscope is used to analyze and document the anatomy of both the larval and adult for of this insect. Changes in each step of their life cycle were noted as the insect grew and matures.
Fernanda Oliveira, Klaus Doelle, Richard List, Joseph R O'Reilly. Assessment of Diptera: Stratiomyidae, genus Hermetia illucens (L., 1758) using electron microscopy. J Entomol Zool Stud 2015;3(5):147-152.