Entomological Culture Device Patents (Class 119/6.5)
  • Patent number: 10701912
    Abstract: Variable-scale, modular, easily manufacturable, energy efficient, reliable, and computer operated Insect Production Superstructure Systems (IPSS) may be used to produce insects for human and animal consumption, and for the extraction and use of lipids for applications involving medicine, nanotechnology, consumer products, and chemical production with minimal water, feedstock, and environmental impact. An IPSS may comprise modules including feedstock mixing, enhanced feedstock splitting, insect feeding, insect breeding, insect collection, insect grinding, pathogen removal, multifunctional flour mixing, and lipid extraction. An IPSS may be configured to be constructed out of a plurality of containerized modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: INSECTERGY, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Michael Leo
  • Patent number: 10667502
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a large-scale and multi-span breeding greenhouse for adult black soldier flies, comprising greenhouse bodies. Each greenhouse body comprises a pupae room and a mating and oviposition room; a partition wall is provided between the pupae room and the mating and oviposition room, the partition wall is provided with a door hole communicating the pupae room and the mating and oviposition room; the pupae room is opaque; the greenhouse body further comprises a light guiding device which introduces sunlight into the mating and oviposition room. The present invention provides a suitable growth and breeding environment, ensures a high reproduction rate, and can achieve large-scale captive breeding of black soldier flies. The greenhouse has a high level of automation and can be easily cleaned and maintained. Little human interference takes place in the breeding process, no random oviposition is observed, and the egg collection rate is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Guangzhou Unique Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Wu, Wenfeng Hu, Xu Pang, Chujun Li, Dou Hu
  • Patent number: 10617115
    Abstract: The use of Pyemotes zhonghuajia for preparing biological control agents of Diaphorina citri. The use of Pyemotes zhonghuajia for preparing agents for controlling Diaphorina citri. By employing Pyemotes zhonghuajia to control Diaphorina citri, it is a biological control method which can avoid the problems caused by chemical pesticides such as environmental pollution, health risk and increased pest resistance to the pesticides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: GUANGDONG INSTITUTE OF APPLIED BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES, CHANGLI INSTITUTE OF POMOLOGY, HEBEI ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
    Inventors: Gecheng Ouyang, Lichen Yu, Huilin Lu, Xiang Meng, Limin He, Xiaoduan Fang, Bohua Hou, Litao Li
  • Patent number: 10448623
    Abstract: An insert for use in an insect habitat. The insert usable to increase the overall surface space within a habitat available to cultivate the insects. The insert formed from including a plurality of members formed to mate or otherwise couple together to form a gird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Aspire Food Group USA Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Duncan Selby, Michael Todd Hall, Gabriel Mott, Paul T. Williams, Redza Shah, Anna D. Cardinal
  • Patent number: 10412941
    Abstract: An artificial feeding method at low altitude for a host insect ghost moth of Ophiocordyceps sinensis including selecting an appropriate disinfectant for performing surface disinfection on ghost moth eggs, and then placing the disinfected eggs in sterile humus; feeding ghost moth larvae with carrots, disinfecting and detecting the fed carrots, and culturing the larvae till male and female pupae are obtained; identifying male and female pupae of the ghost moths, placing them at different culture temperatures, wherein the culture temperature for the male pupae is 2-6° C. lower than that of the female pupae, resulting synchronously emerged male and female adults; placing the emerged male and female adults in an adult cage with simulated plants for mating and staying of the adults, maintaining a humidity over 80%, and employing 50-100 Lux shimmer for facilitating activity and mating of the adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG INSTITUTE OF APPLIED BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES
    Inventors: Li Cao, Richou Han
  • Patent number: 10405528
    Abstract: The invention relates to a farm for rearing insects, comprising a first zone (Z1) in which the insects being reared are stored in containers while they grow and a second zone (Z2) comprising at least one station configured for effecting a rearing-related task on the insects in a container or on said container. The containers are grouped in the first zone (Z1) in sets of palletized containers referred to as basic units. The first zone (Z1) comprises pallet racks in which the basic units are disposed. The first zone (Z1) is furthermore equipped with an automated device configured to move the basic units between the first zone (Z1) and an interface (1) with the second zone (Z2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: YNSECT
    Inventors: Solène Comparat, Antoine Hubert, Fabrice Berro, Jean-Gabriel Levon, Frank Launay, Thibault Sarton Du Jonchay
  • Patent number: 10362772
    Abstract: A method and system for breeding insects, using a plurality of individual crates, wherein at least a portion of each crate is filled with a substrate, containing feed stock, and immature phases of insects. Also provided is a climate area housing the crates that has an aeration system. A conveyor system is included in the system for retrieving crates from the climate area and for returning same thereto. An observation system for obtaining observations, including data and measurements, and downstream thereof a feedstock supply station are arranged along the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bühler Insect Technology Solutions AG
    Inventors: Tarique Arsiwalla, Kees Wilhelmus Petrus Aarts
  • Patent number: 10264769
    Abstract: Variable-scale, modular, easily manufacturable, energy efficient, reliable, and computer operated Insect Production Superstructure Systems (IPSS) may be used to produce insects for human and animal consumption, and for the extraction and use of lipids for applications involving medicine, nanotechnology, consumer products, and chemical production with minimal water, feedstock, and environmental impact. An IPSS may comprise modules including feedstock mixing, enhanced feedstock splitting, insect feeding, insect breeding, insect collection, insect grinding, pathogen removal, multifunctional flour mixing, and lipid extraction. An IPSS may be configured to be constructed out of a plurality of containerized modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Michael Leo
  • Patent number: 10253288
    Abstract: Disclosed is a receptacle for accepting nutrient media, especially for bacterial cultures. Said receptacle comprises a dish and a lid that covers the dish. The dish and the lid each have a circular bottom (dish bottom and lid bottom) and an annular wall (dish wall and lid wall) that projects from the bottom. One of the walls, preferably the lid wall, has an at least slightly larger internal diameter than the external diameter of the other wall, preferably the dish wall, such that one wall can be slid onto the other wall to close the dish. In order to be able to safely handle the receptacle, engaging means which prevent the dish and the lid from being accidentally released when the same are mutually engaged, are associated with the dish and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventor: Rolf Müller
  • Patent number: 10212949
    Abstract: Variable-scale, modular, easily manufacturable, energy efficient, reliable, and computer operated Insect Production Superstructure Systems (IPSS) may be used to produce insects for human and animal consumption, and for the extraction and use of lipids for applications involving medicine, nanotechnology, consumer products, and chemical production with minimal water, feedstock, and environmental impact. An IPSS may comprise modules including feedstock mixing, enhanced feedstock splitting, insect feeding, insect breeding, insect collection, insect grinding, pathogen removal, multifunctional flour mixing, liquid mixing, shaping, cooking, flavoring, biocatalyst mixing, exoskeleton separation, liquid separation, and lipid extraction. An IPSS may be configured to be constructed out of a plurality of containerized modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Michael Leo
  • Patent number: 10188085
    Abstract: A method is provided for culturing cochineal insects. In accordance with the method, a medium is created (101-109) from a mixture comprising a plant or cactus additive and a polymeric material. The medium is then inoculated (111) with a species selected from the group consisting of the genus Dactylopius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SciConsult, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance M. Hendrickson, Denise Lynn Merkle
  • Patent number: 10188087
    Abstract: Variable-scale, modular, easily manufacturable, energy efficient, reliable, and computer operated Insect Production Superstructure Systems (IPSS) may be used to produce insects for human and animal consumption, and for the extraction and use of lipids for applications involving medicine, nanotechnology, consumer products, and chemical production with minimal water, feedstock, and environmental impact. An IPSS may comprise modules including feedstock mixing, feedstock splitting, insect feeding, insect breeding, insect collection, insect grinding, pathogen removal, multifunctional flour mixing, and lipid extraction. An IPSS may be configured to be constructed out of a plurality of containerized modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Michael Leo
  • Patent number: 10159229
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for culturing Dipteran insects, particularly Hermetia illucens. The apparatus include a mating chamber that contains adult insects, and adaptations for the scheduled and/or metered introduction of inputs, such as: empty egg laying substrate, prepupae, bedding, carbohydrate (sugar) and/or water); and, the scheduled and/or metered collection of outputs, such as: egg laying substrate containing eggs, exuvia and bedding, and/or dead adults. The systems may also include adaptations to optimize the use of space, including the use of controlled environmental conditions within a confined space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Enterra Feed Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Marchant, Andrew Vickerson, Oliver Kaulfuss, Reed Radley
  • Patent number: 10010060
    Abstract: In an aspect, a system for breeding and harvesting insects is provided and includes an egg-producing chamber structure configured to receive insect pupae for pupation and to permit emerged adult insects to mate and oviposit insect eggs, at least one oviposition region in the egg-producing chamber structure configured to receive the insect eggs and apertured to permit at least one of the insect eggs and neonates of the insect eggs to pass therethrough, at least one larvae-growth chamber in communication with the at least one oviposition region so as to be configured to receive the at least one of the insect eggs and neonates of the insect eggs, wherein the larvae-growth chamber is further configured to permit the at least one of the insect eggs and neonates of the insect eggs to transition into larvae and to hold feed material for the larvae, a harvesting receptacle positioned to hold larvae, and an inclined surface positioned to receive larvae from the at least one larvae-growth chamber, and to provide a pass
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: LIVIN FARMS LTD.
    Inventors: Katharina Unger, Julia Kaisinger
  • Patent number: 9992982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for rearing, storing or shipping predatory mites. The methods comprise contacting a rearing population of predatory mites with a succulent plant or one or more parts thereof; and optionally a nutritional source for said predatory mites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Biobest Belgium N.V.
    Inventors: Felix Wäckers, Arijs Yves
  • Patent number: 9994354
    Abstract: A multicompartment ventilated box is shaped by folding and attaching one or more blanks of a material. One or more attachment portions enable forming at least one compartment. The box may comprise an upper and a lower compartment and perforations that permit air flow between the compartments and to the exterior of the box. The compartments may be separated by a tray portion which transitions between an elevated and a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Paolo Volpis
  • Patent number: 9693540
    Abstract: The present invention in general relates to the field of biological crop protection by use of phytoseiid predatory mites. More particularly the present invention relates to a system for releasing a phytoseiid predatory mite in a crop and novel uses of host mites in such phytoseiid predatory mite releasing system. The phytoseiid predatory mite releasing system according to the invention and the uses according to the invention are characterised by the selection a host mite species having an intrinsic growth rate (rm) of <0.28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Koppert B.V.
    Inventors: Karel Jozef Florent Bolckmans, Yvonne Maria Van Houten, Adelmar Emmanuel Van Baal, Arno Theodoor Stam
  • Patent number: 9642344
    Abstract: In an aspect, a system for breeding and harvesting insects is provided and includes an egg-producing chamber structure configured to receive insect pupae for pupation and to permit emerged adult insects to mate and oviposit insect eggs, at least one oviposition region in the egg-producing chamber structure configured to receive the insect eggs and apertured to permit at least one of the insect eggs and neonates of the insect eggs to pass therethrough, at least one larvae-growth chamber in communication with the at least one oviposition region so as to be configured to receive the at least one of the insect eggs and neonates of the insect eggs, wherein the larvae-growth chamber is further configured to permit the at least one of the insect eggs and neonates of the insect eggs to transition into larvae and to hold feed material for the larvae, a harvesting receptacle positioned to hold larvae, and an inclined surface positioned to receive larvae from the at least one larvae-growth chamber, and to provide a pass
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: LIVIN FARMS LTD.
    Inventor: Katharina Unger
  • Patent number: 9635840
    Abstract: Method for supporting the preservation of the insect population, having the following steps of: determining the lethal effect of a product unit on an insect population, determining a difference in the insect population on the basis of the effect of a particular quantity of product units, determining the actual insect population in a predetermined area, determining a desired insect population in the predetermined area, which desired insect population is derived from the actual insect population in the predetermined area and the difference in the insect population, and creating a basis of life for the desired insect population in the predetermined area by adapting the biological nature of the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: RECKHAUS AG
    Inventor: Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus
  • Patent number: 9210916
    Abstract: A method of altering the nutrient composition of a feeder insect during a growth phase of the feeder insect includes preparing a diet by mixing feed material with nutrients and feeding the diet to the feeder insect during the growth phase so as to allow tissues of the feeder insect to absorb the nutrients during growth of the feeder insect. The nutrients include vitamin E, carotenoids, vitamin A, and essential fatty acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Mark D. Finke
  • Publication number: 20150144064
    Abstract: A method is provided for culturing cochineal insects. In accordance with the method, a medium is created (101-109) from a mixture comprising a plant or cactus additive and a polymeric material. The medium is then inoculated (111) with a species selected from the group consisting of the genus Dactylopius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Constance M. Hendrickson, Denise Lynn Merkle
  • Publication number: 20150128864
    Abstract: The present invention in general relates to the field of biological crop protection by use of predatory mites. More particularly the present invention relates to a mite composition comprising a predatory mite and a prey. Such a mite composition is suitable for rearing the predatory mite and/or for crop protection using the predatory mite. The prey in the composition comprises individuals of at least one Astigmatid mite species, wherein at least a fraction of the Astigmatid individuals is immobilized. The composition is characterized in that immobilized Astigmatid individuals are contacted with a fungus reducing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Karel Jozef Florent Bolckmans, Yvonne Maria Van Houten, Adelmar Emmanuel Van Baal, Radbout Timmer, Damien Marc Morel
  • Patent number: 8985056
    Abstract: A detecting platform for holding a tiny insect includes a main body forming a containing space, which passes through the main body and is surrounded by side walls of the main body. A first side wall and a second side wall of the side walls are opposite to each other, and the area of the second side wall is smaller than that of the first side wall. The main body forms a first opening and a second opening passing through the first side wall and the second side wall respectively for the tiny insects entering and leaving the containing space. A bottom plate covers a first through surface of the containing space to form a bottom surface and a detecting area is configured thereon to holding the tiny insects. Accordingly, the tiny insects can stay on the detecting area so as to detect the characteristics of the tiny insects expediently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Rong-Shun Chen, Jhih-Shun Yang, Yu-Ching Lin, Hung-Yin Tsai, Chien-Hung Lin, Hong Hocheng, Li-An Chu
  • Publication number: 20150051882
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for causing a behavioral response in an insect species. The apparatus may include a housing, a radiating emitter, a directing apparatus, and a power source coupled to the radiating emitter. The radiating emitter may be configured to emit radiation at one or more wavelengths simulating an emission spectrum of a chemical compound of interest that may cause a behavioral response in the insect species. The directing apparatus disposed within the housing may be configured to control a direction of the emitted radiation and the power source may be configured to control an intensity of the emitted radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: TECHNOLOGY S.G., LP
    Inventors: Eric L. CANFIELD, Robert P. ALSTON, Thomas M. DYKSTRA
  • Patent number: 8957279
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel mite composition comprising a population of a phytoseiid predatory mite species and a factitious host population comprising a species selected from the Glycyphagidae, which may be employed for rearing said phytoseiid predatory mite species or for releasing the phytoseiid predatory mite species in a crop. According to further aspects the invention relates to a method for rearing a phytoseiid predatory mite species, to the use of the mite composition and to a method for biological pest control in a crop, which employ the mite composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Koppert B.V.
    Inventors: Karel Jozef Florent Bolckmans, Yvonne Maria Van Houten, Adelmar Emmanuel Van Baal, Marisa Castagnoli, Roberto Nannelli, Sauro Simoni
  • Publication number: 20150013611
    Abstract: Kits and assemblies for causing, enhancing, and/or expediting consumption of an article by at least one biodegradative living organism are disclosed. The kits and assemblies include at least one additional living organism that enhances and/or expedites consumption of the article by the at least one biodegradative living organism. Methods of producing and using same are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Wanda Weder & William Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family Trust U/T/A -
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20150013609
    Abstract: Kits and assemblies for causing, enhancing, and/or expediting consumption of an article by at least one living organism are disclosed. Methods of producing and using same are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20150013610
    Abstract: Kits and assemblies for causing, enhancing, and/or expediting consumption of an article by at least one living organism are disclosed. Methods of producing and using same are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20150000600
    Abstract: The present invention in general relates to the field of rearing of commercially relevant mites. More particularly the present invention relates to a mite composition, suitable for the commercial rearing of mites, a method for rearing mites and a rearing device using the composition of the invention, a method for crop protection using the composition according to the invention wherein the mite is selected as a predatory mite, and the use of a carrier material for rearing a mite species.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Karel Jozef Florent Bolckmans, Yvonne Maria Van Houten, Adelmar Emmanuel Van Baal, Radbout Timmer, Damien Marc Morel
  • Patent number: 8919280
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sterile insect technique comprising a plurality of x-ray sources surrounding a container containing insects targeted for reproductive sterilization, wherein the container is at an optimized distance from the x-ray sources, moves at a fixed rate along a direction perpendicular to a plane intersecting the x-ray sources, and rotates about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axes of said x-ray sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Ronald P. Haff, Eric S. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8919281
    Abstract: A method is provided for culturing cochineal insects. In accordance with the method, a medium is created (101-109) from a mixture comprising a plant or cactus additive and a polymeric material. The medium is then inoculated (111) with a species selected from the group consisting of the genus Dactylopius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Badderloch Woad, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance M. Hendrickson, Denise Lynn Merkle
  • Patent number: 8844465
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling maturation of aquatically hatched insects. The apparatus comprises a drainable container for housing an egg laying medium for the insects; a filter operatively connected to the container for containing debris in the egg laying medium; and a selectively sealable catch basin located below the container for receiving the egg laying medium from the container when the container is drained. One or more outlets are provided on the catch basin for operatively releasing gas from the catch basin. The apparatus and method enhances the attractiveness of the artificial breeding pool to the gravid insects and helps control the local insect population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Kristian J. K. Holland, Gerardo Ulibarri
  • Patent number: 8802919
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatuses and methods for the production of attenuated aseptic parasites in haematophagous insects generally, and production of Plasmodium species sporozoites in Anopheles species mosquitoes specifically; apparatuses and methods for the production of strains of haematophagous insects with desired properties such as hypoallergenicity or hyperinfectivity; methods of producing a parasite strain that is capable of withstanding cyropreservation at temperatures close to freezing; apparatuses and methods for the injection of an attenuated parasite vaccine; production of parasites and haematophagous insects that are free from contamination by unwanted biological agents; apparatuses for the reconstruction of complex parasitic life cycles aseptically to avoid the contamination of the parasite or the insect vector host with unwanted biological agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sanaria Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Hoffman, Thomas C. Luke
  • Patent number: 8733283
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of biological control. Specifically, it relates to the use of predator mites as biological control agents for reducing damage to crops by insect pests. In particular, it relates to a new method for rearing predator mites, and a method for controlling pests in a crop using predator mites reared using said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Syngenta Bioline Limited
    Inventors: Melvyn John Fidgett, Clive Stewart Alexander Stinson
  • Publication number: 20140123902
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an efficient system for manufacturing an organic fertilizer base material that reduces the manual labor involved in treating livestock manure using Musca domestica larvae. [Solution] Provided is an organic fertilizer production system for producing organic fertilizer from the excreta of livestock by using the larvae of Musca domestica.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: E'S INC.
    Inventors: Kazushige Kitazumi, Yasuharu Nakano, Yaroslava Polutova, Koji Nagae, Ryoichi Sekiya, Hisaki Yamawaki
  • Patent number: 8683944
    Abstract: Provided is a method of collecting wild termites and rearing the termites indoors. The method can be used to observe physiological and ecological characteristics of termites that give serious damage to wooden cultural assets and buildings, and thus basic information can be obtained for controlling termites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Republic of Korea (National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage)
    Inventors: Chang Wook Jo, Young-Hee Kim, Jin Young Hong, Mi Hwa Jung, Jung Eun Choi, So Young Jeong
  • Publication number: 20130319334
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for rearing larvae includes a plurality of culture trays arranged in at least one stack of trays, each stack comprising multiple levels of trays, each tray comprising an open-topped basin adapted to receive larvae and larval food, a feed delivery system adapted to automatically deliver larval feed to individually selected culture trays, and a water delivery system adapted to automatically deliver water to the culture trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: G. Larry Newton, D. Craig Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20130228126
    Abstract: A method is provided for culturing cochineal insects. In accordance with the method, a medium is created (101-109) from a mixture comprising a plant or cactus additive and a polymeric material. The medium is then inoculated (111) with a species selected from the group consisting of the genus Dactylopius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Badderloch Woad, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance M. Hendrickson, Denise Lynn Merkle
  • Publication number: 20130206071
    Abstract: System for the bio-treatment of organic waste by means of insect larvae comprising a tank provided with removable cover and means for ventilation and temperature control able to induce migration of the larvae outside the waste mass when in a desired larval development stadium, means for distributing in many times the various waste layers and for removing the same at the end of the treatment and means for distributing the larvae inside the tank and for collecting and storing the larvae at the end of the treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: BIOCONVERSION S.R.L.
    Inventors: Francesco Caprio, Daniele De Gennaro, Giovanni Gorgone, Massimiliano Roncone
  • Publication number: 20130202714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mite composition, the rearing thereof and to the use of the composition for controlling crop pests. The invention provides a mite composition comprising: a rearing population of a phytoseiid predatory mite species, a population of at least one species from the order Astigmata, and optionally a carrier, wherein the population of the species from the order Astigmata is not alive. In particular the population of the species from the order Astigmata is in fast frozen form. The composition is used for controlling crop pests, such as thrip species. The crops may be greenhouse grown crops and open field crops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: AGROBÍO S.L.
    Inventors: Enrique Vila Rifà, Don Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20130152860
    Abstract: Provided is a method of collecting wild termites and rearing the termites indoors. The method can be used to observe physiological and ecological characteristics of termites that give serious damage to wooden cultural assets and buildings, and thus basic information can be obtained for controlling termites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL HERITAGE)
    Inventors: Chang Wook Jo, Young-Hee Kim, Jin Young Hong, Mi Hwa Jung, Jung Eun Choi, So Young Jeong
  • Patent number: 8445282
    Abstract: A method is provided for culturing cochineal insects. In accordance with the method, a medium is created (101-109) from a mixture comprising a plant or cactus additive and a polymeric material. The medium is then inoculated (111) with a species selected from the group consisting of the genus Dactylopius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Badderloch Woad, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Lynn Merkle, Connie M. Hendrickson
  • Publication number: 20130081572
    Abstract: A detecting platform for holding a tiny insect includes a main body forming a containing space, which passes through the main body and is surrounded by side walls of the main body. A first side wall and a second side wall of the side walls are opposite to each other, and the area of the second side wall is smaller than that of the first side wall. The main body forms a first opening and a second opening passing through the first side wall and the second side wall respectively for the tiny insects entering and leaving the containing space. A bottom plate covers a first through surface of the containing space to form a bottom surface and a detecting area is configured thereon to holding the tiny insects. Accordingly, the tiny insects can stay on the detecting area so as to detect the characteristics of the tiny insects expediently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Rong-Shun Chen, Jhih-Shun Yang, Yu-Ching Lin, Hung-Yin Tsai, Chien-Hung Lin, Hong Hocheng, Li-An Chu
  • Publication number: 20130081573
    Abstract: A system for classifying tiny insects includes a cultivation tank, a detecting container, a detector, a gathering device, and a control unit. The cultivation tank is connected to the detecting container, so that the hatched tiny insects can enter the detecting area of the detecting container from the cultivation tank. The detector is used for detecting the characteristics of the tiny insects in the detecting area, and then the control unit controls the switching unit of the gathering device to switch the gathering containers for gathering the tiny insects according to the detecting results. The system of the present invention is capable of automatically classifying the tiny insects and then gathering them to different gathering containers according to their characteristics, so as to decrease the man power and time necessary for factitious classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Rong-Shun Chen, Hung-Yin Tsai, Chien-Hung Lin, Hong Hocheng, Wei-Leun Fang, Ann-Shyn Chiang, Yu-Ching Lin, Jhih-Shun Yang, Yu-Cheng Wu, Li-An Chu, Chia-Lin Wu
  • Patent number: 8408164
    Abstract: A system and method of release and dispersion of genetically altered flies or other insects to control insect population. The apparatus can be carried by an aircraft and includes removable fly chambers that contain fly containment cylinders. A refrigeration system operates to physically retard the fruit flies. The flies are then released from the fly containment cylinders and fall to the bottom of the fly chamber. Gates on the bottom of the fly chamber are opened manually or remotely to allow the refrigerated flies to fall through the nesting chute into the spiral release controllers. The spiral release controllers dispense the genetically altered flies into the exit chute. The genetically altered flies travel through the exit chute, fall to the earth below and mate with the population thus serving to decrease population by capitalizing on a weakness in the reproductive cycle of the fruit fly or other insect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Richard David Robinson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8327797
    Abstract: Predatory mites contained in an enclosed housing are provided with a continuous food source (i.e. spidermites) so that the healthy adult predatory mites migrate upwards to a collection container at the apex of the housing where a user harvests the predatory mites. The predatory mites are provided with spidermite-infested vegetation disposed in planar trays. The trays are chronologically arranged in a vertical stack within the housing so that as new trays loaded with spidermites are added to the top of the stack, old trays depleted of spidermites are removed from the bottom of the stack. The predatory mites intuitively display negative geotropism and positive phototropism so that the mites naturally move upwards and toward the light. Consequently the predatory mites migrate to the upper trays as new trays are added and eventually reach the collection container at the apex of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Juan Morales-Ramos, Maria Rojas, Daniel Cahn
  • Patent number: 8322305
    Abstract: A method for making fertilizer from swine feces/urine by using Musca Domestica includes breeding and growing imagoes of Musca Domestica in an environment having a temperature of 18-35° C. and having a humidity of 50-80%. The imagoes of Musca Domestica lay eggs in the environment. The eggs of Musca Domestic are transferred into a cultivating material including at least one product of soybean and/or milk. The eggs of Musca Domestica are bred at a temperature of 20-35° C. until hatching into larvae. The larvae of Musca Domestica are placed on swine feces/urine of a thickness of 4-10 cm at a temperature of 20-35° C. for 2-3 days. The larvae feed on and decompose the swine feces/urine. The swine feces/urine decomposed by the larvae of Musca Domestica are collected and used as fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: New I Ten Rin Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsung Chang
  • Patent number: 8322304
    Abstract: A method for producing a nutrient from larvae of Musca Domestica includes breeding and growing imagoes of Musca Domestica in an environment having a temperature of 18-35° C. and having a humidity of 50-80%. The imagoes of Musca Domestica lay eggs in the environment. The eggs of Musca Domestica are transferred into a cultivating material including at least one product of soybean and/or milk. The eggs of Musca Domestica are bred at a temperature of 20-35° C. until hatching into larvae. The larvae of Musca Domestica are placed on swine feces/urine of a thickness of 4-10 cm at a temperature of 20-35° C. for 2-3 days. The larvae feed on and decompose the swine feces/urine. The larvae of Musca Domestica are collected and treated by hot water and dehydrated to obtain a nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: New I Ten Rin Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsung Chung
  • Patent number: 8322303
    Abstract: A method for treating swine feces/urine includes breeding and growing imagoes of Musca Domestica in an environment having a temperature of 18-35° C. and having a humidity of 50-80%. The imagoes of Musca Domestica lay eggs in the environment. The eggs of Musca Domestic are transferred into a cultivating material including at least one product of soybean and/or milk. The eggs of Musca Domestica are bred at a temperature of 20-35° C. until hatching into larvae. The larvae of Musca Domestica are placed on swine feces/urine of a thickness of 4-10 cm at a temperature of 20-35° C. for 2-3 days. The larvae feed on and decompose the swine feces/urine. The swine feces/urine can be decomposed in 5-7 days without causing pollution to the air, water sources, and environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: New I Ten Rin Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsung Chang
  • Patent number: 8322302
    Abstract: A method for breeding Musca Domestica includes placing imagoes of Musca Domestica in an environment having a temperature of 18-35° C. and having a humidity of 50-80%. A laying pan is provided to attract the imagoes of Musca Domestica to lay eggs in the laying pan. The laying pan includes substances capable of attracting the imagoes of Musca Domestica to lay eggs in the laying pan. The eggs are transferred into a cultivating material including at least one product of soybean and/or milk. The eggs of Musca Domestica are bred at a temperature of 20-35° C. until hatching into larvae. The larvae are placed on swine feces and bred at a temperature of 20-35° C. for 2-3 days. The yield and breeding speed of the larvae of Musca Domestica are increased by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: New I Ten Rin Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsung Chang