Fruit Flies

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Fruit Fly Facts

  • Female Fruit Flies are generally 2.5 mm long and the males are slightly smaller.
  • Female Fruit Flies can lay around 400 eggs in a reproduction cycle.

Fruit flies are also known as vinegar flies and are widely used for biological research because they breed quickly and are easy to sustain. There can be confusion surrounding the term fruit flies with several species such as Tephritidae and Ceratitis capitata also termed fruit flies, however Drosophila melanogaster refers to the common fruit fly.

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