Melanogaster Fruit Fly Culture (wingless)
Size: 32 oz container with 30-50 flies
Drosophila melanogaster is a species of fruit fly in the Drosophilidae family. The species is known generally as the common fruit fly or vinegar fly. They are only 1/16th of an inch long and are wingless, thus flightless, making them the preferred staple feeder insect for many dart frog species. They are easy to care for, breed quickly, and lay consistently with females laying around 400 eggs each. There will be an initial population boom at then a steady supply of flies for weeks following. Ideal temperatures are 75-80F with 60-80% humidity.
Directions: When starting new cultures use 30-50 young flies. Within 14 days new flies will have began to emerge. This is the initial boom and it is advised to wait a few days before feeding out the newly emerged flies. Melanogasters reach sexual maturity so quickly that they will start laying another generation of flies to hatch within the same culture. Feed out the flies at a good healthy pace and flies will continue to emerge for weeks to come, although it is wise to dispose of the culture by day 40.