by Paul W. Rust and John P. Clare
Culturing Drosophila fruit flies can seem daunting to the newcomer, usually because people tend to think it will be smelly, messy, dirty, or just difficult. Done correctly, it's quick, easy, relatively clean and a low cost way of providing quality live food for your frogs. Many frog enthusiasts first think of fruit flies for feeding poison dart frogs, but they are invaluable for raising young frogs of all kinds.
Drosophila is a genus of small flies belonging to the family Drosophilidae, whose members are referred to as "fruit flies" or more appropriately pomace flies, vinegar flies, or wine flies, because many species tend to linger around overripe or rotting fruit. They should not be confused with Tephritidae, a related family, which includes the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and are considered pests because they feed on unripe or ripe fruit.
Flightless Fruit Fly, Drosophila hydei. Of the two commonly available species of non-flying fruit fly,
this is the largest. Photo ©2010 John P. Clare / FrogForum.net