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A home-made fly trap thats very effective
A home-made fly trap thats very effective

Media consistancy problems

When preparing food for the flies, it is easy to make it too hard or too soft. This is an advantage of the Sussex media mentioned in Fruit fly food which is right every time. Too wet media can be countered by inserting twisted or screwed kitchen roll or newspaper - both absorbing some moisture and creating walkways for the flies. This can be done in any case, and can increase fly yields if there is often a shortage of pupation sites.

Mold

Mold is scarcely a problem if mold inhibitors are used, but also moldy cultures are usually lightly populated. The flies (and larvae) prevent mold when present in great enough numbers. Using narrow vials with a small surface area certainly helps. When reusing old vials ensure they are cleaned efficiently - failure to do so will also increase the likelihood of mold. A soak in weak bleach can help, but make sure they are rinsed thoroughly afterwards.

Mites

Can destroy a culture. Some merely feed on the media with the flies, but some are parasitic or egg eating. Mites can be treated with Benzyl benzoate soaked bungs, but it is probably easier to discard all cultures and get clean fly stocks. Mite prevention is probably more appropriate, and flies should be housed away from possible contamination, such as in a larger closeable cabinet.

Flightless flies starting to fly

This does happen. Flies can breed with wild flies through thin vial tops (netting for example), or mix with them during handling. Where possible use foam bungs, and try to keep your flies in a closed space away from potential contamination. Once this happens, you really need to replace your stocks and start again.

Fly explosions

Yes they will get out. I use a vinegar trap; vial of vinegar with a perforated tin foil lid. The flies head straight for it.


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Flightless Fruit Fly Culture Melanogaster

Newport, Tennessee, 378**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12

(Hydei) Flightless Fruit Fly's are the larger variety of fruit flies and even though they are flightless they do have wings. These are the most popular feeder insects for:
Amphibians (frogs, all fish, and other aquatic amphibians) Reptiles (anoles, hatchlings, salamanders, and many other species) Insects ( Praying Mantis, Spiders, other larger insects)
Our Fruit Fly Cultures are loaded with fly's for feeding immediately when you receive your culture, and save plenty for later! The best ... more

First in Fly : Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery, Hardcover by Moh

Jessup, Maryland, 207**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$44

First in Fly : Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery, Hardcover by Mohr, Stephanie Elizabeth, ISBN 0674971019, ISBN-13 9780674971011, Brand New, Free shipping in the US
A single species of fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been the subject of scientific research for more than one hundred years. Why does this tiny insect merit such intense scrutiny? Drosophila's importance as a research organism began with its short lifecycle, ability to reproduce in large numbers, and easy-to-see ... more

producing- Completely Wingless melanogaster 32oz Fruit Fly Culture

Vienna, Georgia, 310**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5

Live arrival voided during extreme temps above 95 degrees HEAT PACK OPTION AVAILABLE IF YOUR TEMPS WILL BE low
Will have excelsior for surface area
DISCLAIMER: as we enter summer temps, there is a risk that cultures will not arrive alive or producing, because of this I have included a ice pack option.
wingless melanogaster 32oz Fruit Fly Culture .
producing will be about a week old Please order accordingly! Due to winter season, live guarantee is voided if left in mailbox or ... more

Melanogaster "Turkish Glider" (Fruit Fly Culture) - LIVE FEEDER INSECT DART FROG

Cleveland, Georgia, 305**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30

??PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING??
- IN EXTREME TEMPS LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEE
WILL ONLY BE IN EFFECT WHEN UPGRADED TO
PRIORITY MAIL OR IN TEMPS BETWEEN 0 - 85F
- COOL PACKS WILL BE ADDED IF NEEDED
(I CHECK TEMPS BEFORE SHIPMENT)
- UPGRADED PRIORITY SHIPPING IS RECOMMENDED
FOR THE SAFEST ARRIVAL
(WHAT YOU RECEIVE)
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Name: "Turkish Glider" Melanogaster Fruit Fly
Size: 1 / ... more

Wingless Drosophila Melanogaster

Cleveland, Georgia, 305**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40


Only thebest: Unlike inferior reptile supplies, this premium container of 100 WinglessDrosophila Melanogaster Fruit Flies has been raised under the strictest qualitycontrols in Cleveland, Ga. We researched common complaints about other reptilefood and set ourselves the challenge of supplying the best fruit flies in themarket. With meticulous attention to quality, this container of feeder fruit fliesare second to none. Here??s what makes our fruit fly food for amphibians, reptiles, tropical ... more