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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Nutritional Supplements for Artificial Insect Diets
See also: US Patent Office Full Record

Southeast Area
  Gainesville, Florida

Patent Number: 7354611
Docket Number: 18202
Serial Number: 10721881
Date Patented: 04/08/2008

Technology Description:


Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have developed an insect egg protein supplement from Indian meal moth eggs, which can be used as an artificial diet additive to rear the insidious flower bug (Orius insidiosus).  The insidious flower bug is a common predator of pest insects in sweet corn and field crops in eastern and central North America.  This beneficial insect is used in commercial flower and vegetable green houses to control trips, spider mites, aphids, insect eggs, small caterpillars and other small insects.  ARS’s invention extends the lifecycle of females—critical for producing offspring and perpetuating the insect—and their ability to increase egg production.  ARS’s technology can be packaged in freeze-dried form. 


ARS is currently looking for an industrial partner to assist in further developing this technology for use in artificial insect diets.  The researchers have also developed a device that collects eggs for the insidious plant bug that can help in mass rearing this beneficial insect.  Combining these two technologies could reduce production costs and increase the number of insects reared on this diet.


Commercial companies currently developing artificial insect diets should benefit from development and commercialization of this invention, particularly biological control companies that are already mass-producing this insect predator.




Please refer to patent application S.N. 10/721,881 (Docket #0182.02), “Fecundity-Promoting Factor for the Insidiosus Flower Bug Reared on Artificial Diet,” which was filed on November 26, 2003.  Foreign rights are available.




Stephen M. Ferkovich                                      Jeffrey P. Shapiro

Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research              Same as first inventor

Gainesville, FL  32608                                       (352) 374-5988 / Fax: (352) 374-5804

(352) 374-5764 / Fax: (352) 374-5781      


Dwight E. Lynn

Insect Biocontrol Laboratory

Beltsville, MD  20705-2350

(301) 504-6328 / Fax: (301) 504-5104

Last Modified: 10/1/2015
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