Revista Facultad Nacional de Agronomía, Medellín
Print version ISSN 0304-2847
ARANGO GUTIERREZ, Gloria Patricia; VERGARA RUIZ, Rodrigo Antonio and MEJIA VELEZ, Humberto. COMPOSITIONAL, MICROBIOLOGICAL AND PROTEIN DIGESTIBILITY ANALYSIS OF THE LARVA MEAL OF Hermetia illuscens L. (Diptera:Stratiomyiidae) AT ANGELÓPOLIS - ANTIOQUIA, COLOMBIA. Rev.Fac.Nal.Agr.Medellín [online]. 2004, vol.57, n.2, pp. 2491-2500. ISSN 0304-2847.
The nutritional value of the larva meal of Hermetia illuscens L. was investigated by means of compositional analysis, digestability tests and its microbiological quality, as compared to other conventional feeds such as fish meal and other Diptera such as Musca domestica L., given that they share the same habitat and have been studied as a food source. The meal of the soldier fly larva could be considered a proteinic ingredient based on its nutritional composition. Also, it had high digestibility. The bromatological characteristics associated with its microbiological quality makes it a promising feed for animal nutrition.
Keywords : Hermetia illuscens L.; Diptera; Stratiomyiidae; nutritional value; meal; maggots; feed.