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Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly: Drosophila melanogaster

  • Habitat: Live near fruiting plants (and near the fruit bowl in your house!)
  • Size: 2.5mm
  • Predators/Prey: Fruit flies are fed on by many generalist insect predators, such as spiders.
  • Population: life span 30days
  • Interesting facts: Drosophila melanogaster flies are a widely used biological model organism. Their short lifespans and quick breeding turnover make them very useful for genetic selection experiments.

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Fruit Fly

This is the original scanning electron microscope (SEM) image before it was colorized.

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Fruit Fly

This is the original scanning electron microscope (SEM) image before it was colorized.

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

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