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Flightles Fruit Flies (Hydei) are a common feeder insect for animals that require smaller prey. Although there are several species of Fruit flies, there are two species which have consistently been cultured and remain the easiest to work with.

Flightless fruit flies have been genetically altered so that they cannot fly, making them a lot easier to work with.

There are several benefits to feeding your pets fruit flies:

  • Fruit flies are easy to culture, making them one of the most popular feeder insects for animals requiring small prey.
  • Fruit flies are very nutritious feeders, which can be a great addition to any pets varied diet.
  • Flightless fruit flies do not fly, jump or make noise, which makes it very easy for your pet to eat and for you to feed them.
  • Fruit flies can be used for pets that are fussy eaters as they are known to promote feeding responses.

On average fruit flies live for around 40 – 50 days.

The two most consistently cultured fruit flies are the:

  1. Drosophila Melanogaster

Drosophila Melanogaster measure at about 1.58 mm long, which makes them the ideal staple food for a variety of dart frogs and other animals that require smaller prey. Their life cycles are very quick and within 14 days of setting up, the next generation of flies start to emerge.

  1. Flightles Fruit Flies (Hydei)

Drosophila Hydei is another commonly found fruit fly in the feeder insect market and generally measures around 3.18 mm long which makes them quite a substantial amount larger than the Drosophila Melanogaster fruit fly. Depending on the temperature, the Drosophila Hydei has a fairly longer life cycle of about 21 days or more until the new culture emerges.

If you’re looking to culture your own fruit flies, take a look at our store to get your hands on our Fruit Fly Diet and culture kits:


Check out this interesting post on how essential fruit flies are for baby chameleons here.

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