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Fruit flt culture

Posted by poolboy101 Tx 9 (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 1, 07 at 21:20

I am looking to get a fruit fly culture. I don't know what species to buy or where to buy them. can you suggest a website? Do you know if Is a good place to purchase from?

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RE: Fruit flt culture

I went to their website and it seems pretty good.
I would buy a small "sample" then if you receive them in good condition then you just found a great place to buy carnivorous plants' treats!

- Adrian

RE: Fruit flt culture

I'm not in the US so I can't help you with sources. Drosophila melanogaster is the most common and easiest to culture. The other species offered by, D.hydei is larger than D.melanogaster but can be harder to maintain in culture (they have a longer lifespan and the sexes mature at different times). Both species are suitable for most carnivorous plants. You may find D.hydei more suitable for VFT's, while D.melanogaster would be preferable for Pings. Where ever you buy from, unless you want your house cluttered with flies, get the 'wingless' or 'vestigial wing' mutants. Wingless is pobably preferable as vestigial wing Drosophila have still have some ability to fly - they don't so much fly as jump and bounce, which may get irritating when you're trying to feed a plant.

RE: Fruit flt culture

Or you can just set up a plastic container with rotting fruit, as I have, and let nature take its course!

RE: Fruit flt culture


What do you use to inhibit mold without killing the flies? Or do you take no action against mold?

RE: Fruit flt culture

Mold hasn't been much of an issue. I keep things exposed to the air. But when I do see it I manually remove and cut back on watering. Other things to do is increase light. Some apply apply a little cinnamon to affected areas. Haven't tried it yet.

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