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Who is the soldier fly and why did we choose it?

The soldier fly is a distinctive-looking insect with a long, thin body and a pronounced head. It is a species of fly belonging to the family Stratiomyidae and is mainly found in Europe, Asia and North America.

Adults of the soldier fly are active during the day and can be seen flying near bodies of water, such as rivers and lakes. Adults are herbivores and feed on plant leaves and flowers, while larvae feed on decaying organic matter, such as rotting leaves and brushwood. The soldier fly plays an important role in the ecosystem by helping to decompose organic matter and feed plants. In addition, these insects are a food source for many animals, including birds, spiders and lizards.

The soldier fly (Stratiomyidae) can be bred to create protein, but this is not a widespread commercial practice. Kinsect is among the pioneering companies that are developing breeding technologies for the production of insects such as the soldier fly.

This fly is known for its agile and fast flying ability, making it an interesting insect to observe. However, it is not only its aesthetic beauty that makes it interesting, but also its nutritional properties.

The soldier fly is rich in protein, healthy fats and other essential nutrients. This makes it an excellent food source for birds, fish and wild animals. In addition, scientists are exploring the use of soldier fly protein as an ingredient in animal feed, particularly for aquaculture.

The amount of protein contained in soldier fly larvae can vary depending on several factors, such as the species of fly, type of feeding and rearing conditions. However, in general, soldier fly larvae are considered a high protein source.

Soldier fly larvae can contain up to 60-70% protein, depending on the species. This makes them a more efficient source of protein than many traditional animal protein sources, such as meat or fish.

In addition, soldier fly larvae are also a source of fats, vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc.

In terms of food safety, soldier fly larvae have been used as food for centuries in many cultures around the world, and have been deemed safe for human consumption. However, as with any food product, it is important to ensure that they are produced under proper hygienic conditions and that they are properly processed before consumption.

Raising soldier flies for animal feed is a sustainable practice as insects require little space, food and water compared to other traditional protein sources such as fish or meat. Moreover, insects have a lower environmental impact than traditional protein sources.

Furthermore, the use of soldier flies for animal feed could also help reduce dependence on imported protein sources and increase food security.

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