Large  order, black, with a blue tinge. The cuticle becomes a case and mouth parts fuse. The maggot transforms into an adult fly.  Large order approximately 100 goes by weight, not count.

Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

  • These take 7 days to hatch into adult fly. Keep warm to hatch. They are high in calcium & some call them superfood due to their high protein.  Known as Phoenix Worms, ReptiWorms, and CalciWorms. They are ready to feed to your pets on arrival, unless you wish to have them as adult flies. They are a little longer than the blue bottle fly when hatched.   Large Black Soldier Fly Larvae measure approximately 1/2″-3/4″, and are used as  feeders for bearded dragons, chameleons, leopard geckos,  geckos, and many insectivorous invertebrates such as Praying mantis!. Feed in a dish. Be careful not to allow solder fly larvae to escape the dish if using substrate as they will burrow and become adult flies. For feeding from a dish I recomment the  Worm dish. They have a lid with large opening so worms cannot crawl over.  Soldier Fly Larvae can be kept at room temperature, but keeping them at 50-55F will keep them in the larval stage much longer. DO NOT keep black soldier fly larvae in the fridge.  If you have a basement they would be good down there if you do not have a bug fridge. They will last up to 2 weeks but only take around 7 days to turn into adult flies. Notice in the adults how they have a clear middle. They look like small wasps but cannot bite or sting. They like water at adult flies and if fed some fly food, may last longer than the two weeks and may lay eggs if given enough water and corrougated cardboard to lay eggs on.  Any of the large deli container with mesh lid are good to keep them in. They can fly but tend to just sit and let you catch them with your tweezers. My mantis love the flies. Your's will too.  Try the 44, 64 or 80 oz container with mesh lid for hatching.