Vinegar Fly

Vinegar Fly

Drosophila melanogaster

Appearance

Vinegar Fly
  • 3mm in length. Yellow–brown or mottled in colour with bright red eyes.
  • Abdomen hangs down in flight, which is slow.
  • Tend to hover.

Lifecycle

  • Female can lay up to 500 eggs.
  • Develops to adult in about 7 days.
  • Adult only lives for about 2 weeks.

Habits

  • Breeds in fermenting residues found in pubs, fruit & vegetables, breweries, etc.
  • Larvae feeds on bacteria and yeast in rotting fruit and veg.
  • May also breed in unclean drains and cleaning utensils.