Six-legged Livestock: Rearing Black Soldier Fly on Biowaste

In exciting interactive workshops the participants will get to know more about the life and usefulness of the Black Soldier Fly.

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The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Innsbruck, Österreich
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: All materials are provided for free at the workshop
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, observing, measuring, photographing, mapping, analysing
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.08.2018 - 30.06.2019
Time to join in: 01.01.2019 - 30.04.2019
Expenditure of time: Participation in a 3 hour workshop, daily observation (approx. 15 minutes) for 2-3 weeks

Project objective

In interactive workshops the participants will build houses for larvae of the Black Soldier Fly. For the duration of the experiments the plastic bucket inside the houses will be used to collect the biodegradable organic waste coming from the respective household, which usually would end up in the waste bin or in the composter. To degrade the collected waste, each participant will get approx. 200 young Black Soldier Fly larvae from our culture. The larvae will be fed with organic waste over a period of three weeks until they are fully developed and transition to the pupal stage. The aim is to document the composition of the waste that is fed to the larvae as well as their developmental progress by determining their weight and colour. Because the type and composition of biodegradable wastes and the environmental conditions will vary between households, we can use the developmental success of the larvae to gain information about their waste degradation potential.

How to participate?

The dates for the workshops at the Spielraum Fablab in Innsbruck (Franz-Fischer-Straße 12) will be announced on their facebook site ( and website ( as well as on our website ( and Instagram page (@fromwastetofeed). For the workshop registration or additional information please contact us directly via email ( or phone (+43 512 507 51270).

What happens to contributions of citizen scientists?

The data collected by citizen scientists from documenting the developmental progress and filling out simple forms during the course of the experiment will be statistically evaluated and presented at conferences and in publications. Moreover, we will make the results accessible on our media channels (website, Instagram).

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