Help me understand fruit flies
September 8, 2011 12:34 PM Subscribe
I've had a lot of fruit flies in my kitchen this summer. It seems impossible to get rid of them, so i've just learned to live with them. But I've been watching them, and now I'm curious about their behaviour and lifecycle.
posted by kamelhoecker to Science & Nature (23 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I hope some entophiles can help me out with a few questions...
Fruit flies are famous for rapid procreation - so why is it so rare to see fruit fly larvae? (Once once did I ever see tiny white worms near some rotting fruit.)
Are fruit fly eggs visible to the naked eye?
Why are some small and light brown and others 3-4x larger and darker? (male/female? maturity?)
Why do they like to hang out on the mirror above my sink? (They don't seem to be fond of other glass surfaces.) They also love to sit on the black wire that holds a lamp that's also near the sink. Could be the moisture or scents from the drain, but they also love another hanging lamp cable that is over the table.
Why do fruit flies just hang around doing nothing? Are they just patiently waiting for some fruit to start rotting?
And... are there any definitive sources for in-depth information about insect behaviour?