About Flightless and Wingless Fruit Flies from our Shop

Our fruit flies are Wingless or Flightless Drosophila. We offer two types of Fruit Fly Cultures: Wingless Drosophila melanogaster and Flightless Drosophila hydei. D. melanogaster is approximately 1/16 inch. D. hydei is approximately 1/8 inch.

The Fruit Fly shipment will arrive with the flies separated from the culture(s). One container will include the fruit flies (over 100 for each culture ordered) and a small amount of food. The other 32oz container(s) -one for each culture ordered- will contain the feeding medium and perching mesh. Upon arrival, pour the flies into the 32oz feeding medium container(s) where they will live and reproduce throughout the life of the culture. This shipping method ensures that the flies will arrive alive and won't drown in the feeding medium during cases of rough handling by the USPS.

Depending on temperature, it takes about 7 days for the D. melanogaster and 14 days for the D. hydei to begin producing hundreds upon hundreds of flies for up to a month.

Live feeders such as these Flightless Fruit Flies make an excellent addition to the diet of most varieties of fresh and saltwater aquarium fish. They are also superb for all types of Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians and even Carnivorous Plants.

These nutritious Fruit Flies are high in protein and provide essential "alive" amino acids that will ensure the best possible health for your fish and pets.

flightless fruit flies
Wingless Fruit Flies

bullet Why You Should Feed Your PetFruit Flies:

One fruit fly culture will produce many hundreds
and hundreds of fruit flies for a month.

  Outstanding food source for your pet:
Fruit flies are nutritious, high in protein and low in fat.
Fruit flies provide for a well-rounded diet because they provide essential variety.

 Just the Right Size for Small or Newborn Lizards and many Spiders, Scorpions, Amphibians, Fish and Birds:
These fruit flies are 1/16'' (Melanogaster) and 1/8'' (Hydei) - small enough to feed to baby reptiles and amphibians. Previously, pinhead crickets were one of the only alternatives
to feed newborn and small animals.

bullet  More About Our Fruit Flies
The Fruit Fly Shop offers flightless or wingless fruit flies that are high in protein and an excellent feeder for a huge variety of small and baby animals, including fish, reptiles, birds, spiders, mantis and amphibians. They are very useful and healthy as feeders for aquarium fish, which are particularly attracted by the fluttering flies. Surface feeding live bearers and bettas eat the flies voraciously.

wingless fruit fly
Wingless Flightless Fruit Fly

These flies are genetically bred to be flightless, so you don't need to worry about escaped flies buzzing around your head. They are completely harmless. And, these fruit flies are USDA approved. The Fruit Fly Shop supplies extra-large 32 oz. cultures. Don't confuse these with the over-priced tiny vials commonly found elsewhere. Our fruit fly cultures contain twice as much medium, which means you'll get twice as many flies. These quality cultures generate thousands of Fruit Flies.
bullet Culture Care
Larvae will continually pupate from eggs laid by the adults in the culture. It is important to maintain a reproductive population in the culture. Keep around 50 or more flies in the culture at all times so you'll be ensured a continuous production. These adult fruit flies will be busy laying more eggs in the fruit fly culture and ensuring that you will have a successful supply of flies. At the same time, don't allow too many to develop. A large number will rapidly consume the feeding medium, and dead flies will pollute the substrate.
Feed the fruit flies to your animals regularly. It is best to keep the fruit fly culture at room temperature (around 70-75° F). The higher the temperature, the higher the bacterial growth in your fruit fly culture, which shouldn't be a problem at normal temperatures. But, you may want to raise or lower the temperature to control the lifespan of your culture.
melanogaster culture 
Fruit Fly Culture
D. melanogaster

bullet Controlling the Lifespan of Your Fruit Fly Culture
By controlling temperature, it's possible to control the rate of reproduction. Optimum reproductive rate occurs at temperatures of approximately 80° F. At around 60° F, reproductive rate slows, thus allowing longer feeding time and longer use from a single culture. Obviously, the more flies you use, the higher you will want the reproductive rate to be.

bullet Feeding to Your Pets
When it's feeding time for your pets, tap the container lightly against the counter before taking the lid off. This will cause the flies to fall to the bottom of the container so they won't escape. As long as you continue to tap the container, the flies won't be able to escape. Simply remove the lid and tap the container over your animal's home until the desired number of fruit flies fall out.
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