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  Vinegar Fly (Drosophila sp)





Vinegar Fly | Drosophila sp photo
Vinegar Fly on rotting pear

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VINEGAR FLY FACTS

Identification
Vinegar Flies are tiny flies that are attracted to fermenting fruit. These are the tiny flies that you see on the fruit in supermarkets and in your fruit bowl. This genus is used extensively in experiments in genetic theory as they have a very short life cycle.

Other Names
Drosophila

Size
3mm

Habitat
varies habitats where there are suitable fruit plants.

Food
fermenting fruit

Breeding
larvae are found in rotting fruit



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

Relatives in same Genus
  Common Vinegar Fly (D. melanogaster)