Flightless fruit flies are the most common feeder insect for animals and reptiles that require smaller prey.
Although there are several species of Fruit flies, there are two species which have consistently been cultured.
Flightless fruit flies have been genetically altered so that they cannot fly, which makes them a lot easier to work with.
There are several benefits to feeding your pets fruit flies:
- Fruit flies are easy to culture and as a result, they are one of the most popular feeder insects for animals requiring small prey.
- Fruit flies are very nutritious feeders, which is why they are a great addition to any pets diet.
- Flightless fruit flies do not fly, hop or make noise, which makes it very easy for your pet to eat and for you to feed them.
- Fruit flies are often used for pets that are fussy eaters because they are known to promote feeding responses.
On average fruit flies live for around 40 – 50 days.
Two of tehmost consistently cultured fruit flies are the:
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 (similarly to the hydei fruit fly).
Their life cycles are quick and within 14 days of setting up, the next generation of flies start to emerge.
Drosophila Hydei is another commonly found fruit fly in the feeder insect market. That measure around 3.18 mm long which makes them quite a substantial amount larger than the Melanogaster fruit fly.
In addition, the Drosophila Hydei has a longer life cycle of about 21 days until the new culture emerges.
For more information or to sum up the information we have on fruit flies, please click follow the following link to Fruit Fly blog: https://silkwormshop.co.za/2019/10/07/flightless-fruit-fly-cultures/
Or read up on the importance of fruit flies in baby chameleons here.