|The small fruit fly is found whereever organic material is fermentating, such as overripe fruit, milk, beer, wine, yeast dough or decaying fungi, and these, with the micro-organisms contained in them, are used as food for the larvae. |
|After mating, which (in each new generation) occurs approximately every 9 - 14 days, the fertilized females lay about 400 yellow-white eggs, 0. 5 mm in length, in fermenting organic material. |
At what pointthe larvaehatch from their eggs, depends on the ambient temperature. The newly hatched larvae are segmented, have no feet, and are similar in shape to worms. They immediately start searching for micro-organisms (yeasts, bacteria), which they eat with the help of their mouth parts, which are housed in a telescopic proboscis made from chitin. They breathe through two visible, protuberant tubes. Approximately 24 hours after hatching the larvae moult and thus reach the 2nd larval stage. After another 3 days, and 2 further larval stages, the development of the maggots ( now brownish in colour and about 3 mm in length ) is complete. They develop within their third skin into a barrel-shaped pupa and remain there for 4 days. After that, the adult flies of the new generation hatch.
The short period of development and large number of offspring leads to a high density in the small fruit fly population, and this causes substantial losses to growing fruit as well as fruit in storage. On the other hand, the small fruit fly is of major importance in genetic research.
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|1. ||Small fruit fly - Drosophila melanogaster|