Flightless Fruit Flies- D.hydei
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Fruit fly cultures: they're the gift that keeps on giving. Our fruit fly cultures will continue to produce flies for up to five weeks, so amphibians, reptiles, and fish that require smaller prey, will have plenty of flies. Each culture is shipped with approximately 50 to 100 adult flies in the vial, so usage can begin immediately.
Timberline fruitflies are completely flightless - they will crawl around and make things interesting for pets, but they absolutely will not swarm around pet enclosures, homes, or pet stores. Just pop the top on the culture, shake some out, and watch pets enjoy some plump, flightless fruit flies.
We offer Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila hydei - melanogaster are about the size of a pinhead cricket, while hydei are about 1/8" in size. Hydei are the largest variety of flies. The very smallest reptiles and amphibians will prefer melanogaster, and bettas will love them, too!
Fruit flies require little to no maintenance - basically, you simply shake a few out for use as food, and watch them get replaced as the flies continue to reproduce! Once you receive your flies, just remove the plastic cap from the vial and replace it with the foam plug provided. The flies will continue to live and reproduce at a steady rate in the vial as long as they're kept at about room temperature. If they're kept slightly cooler than room temp, their reproduction will slow down, and if they're kept slightly warmer than room temp, bacteria may grow in the blue medium you see in the vial. As you use the flies, allow some to remain in the vial at all times so that they can continue to reproduce. In four to five weeks, several generations of flies will be produced for your pet's eating pleasure.
Fruit Fly Care
Timberline fruit flies can be stored in the plastic tubes they're shipped in. Simply remove the plastic cap and to improve air flow into the vial. You can then remove the foam plugs when you want to dispense flies.
Flies should be kept at or near room temperature. Although the temperature is not critical, cool temperatures will slow fly production and warm temperatures will result in bacteria and mold growth in the medium.
Keep at least half of the flies in the vial for reproduction purposes for several days after you receive them. In most cases, several generations of flies will be produced over the five to six weeks that the medium will last. At room temperature, Drosophila melanogaster will complete a life cycle in 12 to 15 days. It takes about 25 days for Hydei sturdivant.