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Fruit Fly

Drosophila melanogaster
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Itís a scientifically significant insect used in genetics because of its short lifespan of 5 few weeks.

Fruit flies are always seen whenever there is an overripe fruit which they eat and also lay their eggs on. They are also attracted to damp conditions created by rotting organic matter. 

The females lay about 400 eggs into rotting fruit or decaying matter in batches of 4 or 5. The eggs hatch within 12 to 24 hours. Thereafter the larvae feed on microorganisms within the fruit or sugary compounds. 

Size : 1/8 inches
Shape : Small, oval
Color : Tan
Legs : 6
Wings : Yes
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Fruit Fly
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Diptera
Family : Drosophilidae
Species : Drosophila melanogaster


Feed on overripe fruits and vegetables. They also feed on left over sugary fluids like soda and juices. 

They are commonly found in homes, hotels and food processing joints where they can find organic decaying matter to lay eggs and also feed on. 

Lay their eggs in moist organic and fermenting material.
Keep your home clean: store all fruits and other food stuff in closed containers beyond the reach of these flies.

Remove garbage regularly to deny them breeding ground. Also keep your rubbish bin tightly closed. 

Discard overripe fruits and vegetables which serve as their food source.

Remove beer and soda cans that also attract the insects.

Use both sticky and sweet scented fly traps to catch them.
They indicate unsanitary conditions, especially the presence of rotting organic material.

They particularly do not transmit any disease. They are just a nuisance swarming around in the kitchen and around the house.
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