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    Never had to worry about coaxing fruit flies. Wife buys fruit. Kids eat fruit. Fruit flies magically appear.

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    Those are the ones that can fly though. You DO NOT want to culture them!!!! D. melanogaster and hydei are flightless. I think I'm going to go with D. melanogaster, as they reproduce faster and would fit in a Sarr seedling better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Spectabilis73 @ Feb. 25 2004,09:30)]Not really... Hydei is definately easyer, IME, and the flies are much larger. Drosophylla melenogaster can not be raised cheifly on mashed bannanas, the cultures will brown and mold within 5 days. Every fruit fly culture needs some bakers yeast, this is what the flies eat.
    Spec, I would be happy to provide you with references to the literature on the beginning of fruit fly genetics. The original stocks of D.melanogaster were trapped on the warfs where they dumped the rotten bananas after shipping. Since the bananas were worthless and just being dumped the father of fruit fly genetics would make a weekly run to the docks to scrape up some more fed for his flies. He never suplimented and almost all melanogaster stocks in use today date back to his first captured population. I thihnk that would argue for melanogaster being a more robust species



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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (SnowyFalcon @ Feb. 26 2004,02:40)]Those are the ones that can fly though. You DO NOT want to culture them!!!! D. melanogaster and hydei are flightless. I think I'm going to go with D. melanogaster, as they reproduce faster and would fit in a Sarr seedling better.
    Actually wild type melanogaster do fly and the ones that seem to pop out of nowhere in produce are melanogaster. The flightless strains you reciev are actually mutants and if you are really bored you could actually breed them in such a way to get flying ones back again.
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    Fruit flys are good food for reptiles and frogs too... I might look into this...

    potatoe flakes... im assuming your not talking about patato chips.
    where can you find potatoe flakes??
    that makes no logic

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    like pyro said, there is a flightless form of melanogaster... if you want to get flying ones, just mix the wingless form with the winged form (winged form that cannot fly) and you will get flies with the ability to fly.

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    by potatoe flakes we mean instant potatoes, its kinda like a powder, and when you add water it becomes mashed potatoes. just add water and gravy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Yum! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    I would like some references to fruit fly genetics. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]

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    Cool. So where can i find potato flakes
    that makes no logic

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