Utilization of Cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus), Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens), Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), and Silkworm (Samia ricini dan Bombyx mori) as Alternative Protein Sources in Feed

Agustin Herliatika, Dika Permatahati, Yusti Pujiawati, Gresy Eva Tresia, Elizabeth Wina


The insect contains high protein, which is potentially used as an unconventional protein source. The cost of this feedstuff production is cheap by using waste. Moreover, this production can help the environment by decreasing the number of unprocessed wastes. According to that condition, this study is aimed to know the level uses of several kinds of insects (cricket, black soldier fly, mealworm, and silkworm) as the unconventional protein sources in replacing fish meal and soybean meal as conventional protein sources that are evaluated according to nutrient contents. The result shows that the insect meal contains similar crude protein (CP) contents and higher ether-extract (EE) compare to conventional protein sources. The insect meal contains higher tyrosine, but lower arginine, histidine, lysine, and tryptophan compare to fish meal and soybean meal. The chitin content in unconventional protein sources decreases the feed digestibility, but it can be used as antibacterial and antifungal in feed, also mitigating an enteric methane emission. Unconventional protein sources in layer and broiler diet can replace soybean meal, meanwhile, in quail diet, it can replace fish meal. The potential addition of BSF, cricket, mealworm, and silkworm in the broiler’s diet is 8% DM, 5-15% DM, 5-29,5% DM, and 7,8% DM, respectively.  The potential addition of BSF and mealworm in the layer’s diet is 10-15% DM and 2-5% DM, respectively. The potential addition of cricket, mealworm and silkworm in the quail’s diet is 2-8% DM, 2,25% DM, and 2,08-6,25% DM, respectively.


Cricket; Black Soldier Fly; mealworm; silkworm; insect

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