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Processing Methods for reared Insects. Litrature

Hallo All,

I am new to this informative forum and also hoping to be Entopreneuer. I wish to start a insect farm (Crickets, BSf) in India and hope that you all will share your experiences with me. So here are my questions

  1. Given the lack of information on internet, can anyone suggest any Litrature available on methodology to farm insects
  2. Can anyone share how after harvesting the insects the processing is carried out? I mean what are methods to package the insects , whether alive (then how?), dried (how?) etc.. For this step of farming insects I am struggling to find any relevant information.

  3. Of the people on this forum is anyone open to allow me a visit to their Farm to gain some know how ?

Thanks in Advance



  • "The principles and procedures for rearing high quality insects". The California (USA) inter-library loan system has 2 copies in University of California libraries & according to inter-library system only 25 copies worldwide are in libraries, so check your university library network. I was only the 8th California borrower, got 45 days to use it at home & paid a US$2 fee; the availability for inter-library loan elsewhere is something I do not know.

    "The Foodie Guide to Farming Insects for Protein"

    " Breeding Insects as feeder food"

    "Breeding Invertebrates for Fun and Food"

    "Cricket Breeding Made Easy: Your Guide to Raising Healthy Feeder Crickets"

    Ilkka Taponen's thesis : "Supply Chain Risk Management in Entomology Farms - Case: High scale production of human food and animal feed" ;

    Leslie Holmes' thesis was on black soldier fly;


  • There is a search function to the right of forum discussion page & if do not see it switch from "mobile" version to "web" version of openbugfarm (look to bottom left of mobile version page)....

    (2012) "Microbiological Aspects of Processing and Storage of Edible Insects" makes several points about mealworms (& house cricket Acheta domesticus). Quote (from abstract): "... A short heating step was sufficient to eliminate Enterobacteriaceae, however some spore forming bacteria will survive in cooked insects.... Lactic fermentation of composite flour/water mixtures containing 10, or 20% powdered roasted mealworm larvae resulted... in...shelf-life & ... control of Enterobacteria and bacterial spores..." (ie: spores could not germinate & therefore naturally occuring spore forming bacteria did not grow on their host fermented mealworm larvae). When they are first boiled the mealworm larvae (& crickets) kept fine at the specified 5-7*C refrigeration temperature for more than 14 days. In contrast, if they only refrigerated & had not pre-boiled the fresh larvae then those became spoiled for human consumption by the original bacterial load within about 14 days.=

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    Forum thread: "DIY: Cricket meal – from raising your own crickets to making your own cricket meal"

    Forum thread: "Better cricket powder processing--The path to a cheaper, safer, more nutritious cricket powder"

    Forum thread: "From powder to shelf"

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    Forum thread: "Insect food cart success"

    Forum thread: "Juicing insects"

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    Patent: "Insect products and methods of manufacture and use thereof",

  • Hey gringojay thanks a lot for the prompt answer :D

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