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  Common Vinegar Fly (Drosophila melanogaster)





Common Vinegar Fly | Drosophila melanogaster photo
Common Fruit Fly

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Common Vinegar Fly | Drosophila melanogaster photo
Common Fruit Fly

Image by André Karwath - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



COMMON VINEGAR FLY FACTS

Identification
The Common Fruit Fly is yellow brown with black rings across the abdomen with red eyes, are yellow-brown in colour. Males are darker coloured on the rear half of the abdomen. This is an exotic species of fly that is found in all states of Australia

Other Names
Common Fruit Fly

Size
length to 2.5mm. Females are larger than males.

Food
Drosophila are the small brown flies you see around decaying fruits in a fruit bowl. They are not agricultural pests and are seen mostly where fruit and vegetables are stored, or left to rot.

Breeding
Eggs are about 0.5mm long and hatch into work like maggots. The larvae pupate after three moults and emerge as adult flies.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Drosophilidae
Genus:Drosophila
Species:melanogaster
Common Name:Common Vinegar Fly

Relatives in same Genus
  Vinegar Fly (D. unknown species)