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Drosophila (fruit fly)

Drosophila (fruit fly)

They are often called fruit flies.They measure 2 to 4 mm.The color varies a lot.The abdomen of the male is darker.The eyes are often bright red.It has small antennae that end in a feather duster.Its wings are small and they look crinkled.

Latin name: Drosophilidae

Description:It is often called a fruit fly.They are 2-4mm long.The color varies can vary a lot.The abdomen of the male is darker.The eyes are often bright red.It has small antennae that end in a feather duster.Its wings are small and they look crinkled. The larvae are about 5mm long and look like a white worm.  The life cycle of the drosophila lasts from 8 to 15 days depending on the temperature.They lay about 400 eggs on rotten fruits or in sweet liquids.The eggs are very small, about half a mm.The eggs hatch 24 hours after laying and the larvae will grow for about 5 days. The larvae will then transform into adults, a process that takes another 5 days. Only 12 hours after its final transformation, the female mates to continue the cycle.

Habits:Infestations occur mostly in summer and in heated areas.Adult drosophila will seek out very ripe or rotten fruit to lay their eggs. They accelerate the phenomenon of decomposition by the microorganisms they carry. They are also very attracted to vinegar and other fermentations.

Prevention:To avoid being infested by drosophila: Leave fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, clean well on the ground, check that we have not left juice, wine or beer bottoms in bottles, make sure to rinse them well before storing them. Eliminate sources of stagnant water where they can lay their eggs and always put a drop of soap in pots and pans that you leave in the sink to wash dishes. Treatments can be applied but should be administered by specialists to ensure that all sources of infestation are treated.

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