Flightless Fruit Flies

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We provide 500ml cup of fruit flies with enough fruit fly media to last over 4 weeks. These cups have roughly 50 fruit flies in them. They are easy to maintain and do not smell.

Fruit flies are a common feeder insect for animals that require smaller prey. 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.

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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:

  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 (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.

  1. Drosophila Hydei

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:

Or read up on the importance of fruit flies in baby chameleons here.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 12 × 13 × 10 cm

Drosophila Hydei, Drosophila Melanogaster

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  1. Lindsay Van Zyl (verified owner)

    Brilliant product ,lasts a long time and well worth the money for your reptiles that need
    smaller prey
    thank-you so much

  2. shaymaritz@gmail.com

    Amazing quality fruit flies – when the eggs hatched again we had thousands!

  3. Aimee Armstrong (verified owner)

    Very good quality fruit flies. Has more then enough in one container to last a long time. Good customer service. Will buy again.

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