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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] how do you raise Fruit-Flys,and breed them? [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    I wouldn't attempt this unless you want larvae in your mouth everytime you take a bite out of a fruit... [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I hope you're serious...

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    oh i'm serious all right [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Well, good luck. My VFT soil seems to produce enough fungus gnats to feed my Drosera, Nep, and some baby VFT traps. Fruit flies are a major problem in California, I'm not even sure that they're legal here...
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    I'm from the Bay Area, CA.

    Thankfully I have never witnessed any fruit fly larvae in my produce my whole life. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    But I get a lot of fungus gnats in plants potted in miracle grow mix. (I think it contains peat too)
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    Fruitflies are easy to breed, all you have to do is transffer a few flies to a fresh media container every week or two. It's keeping them in good supply with many mouths that gets hard to do.

    If you go to a Petco or better, a specialty reptile shop you can buy a starter culture or two of flightless fruit flies (look for a culture that has a few flies and lots of maggots-the maggots (are a good sign the culture is not old) look closely for mould, fungus or lots of dead flies/black spots or dry looking media in the bottom of the culture-avoid these! Any fungus or diseases from one culture can affect your other cultures. If your containers develop these symptoms toss them out immediately, do not use the flies in it or the container.

    You'll do good to pick up a few disposable quart size deli containers and some plastic screen from the hardware store for the next steps...

    Look up "fruit fly media recipes" at google.com and follow one of the hundreds out there. Or you can buy premade media which will look like white or blue hungry jack dried potato flakes all you do is add water.

    When you have your media and containers poke holes in the container lids with a needle or cut a large hole in the lid and cover it with a piece of cheese cloth and tape it down.
    Then put the media in and stick a 4" wide x 8" long strip of screen (this gives the newly hatched flies someplace dry to hang out while they await their impending demise. The media below will become full of eggs and maggots - not a pretty sight! I keep my cultures under a fishtank stand so I don't have to look at them til I go to feed the fish (and CPs). My Nepethes get fruitflies and they seem to grow well when "eating" on a regular basis.

    I should mention, don't allow the fruit flies from the reptile shop to breed with fruitflies from your area, what will happen is the next generation of fruitflies will be able to fly-whch will cause problems in your house-whereas the hopping genetically altered fruit flies are easy to swat should a few bounce away while feeding.

    When shopping for fruit flies note that there are usually two types available. Drosophilia heydei and D. melanogaster, the red eyed variety is larger and take longer to get their cultures going. The smaller type are faster breeders and can be fed to smaller plants too.

    If you are only feeding your Nepenthes with them you might consider just buying a bag of a dozen 2 week old crickets at petco/petsmart once a month and feed them those instead of all the work of raising flies.

    Good luck!

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    Why would you want to raise fruit flies? I hate fruit flies. I think it would be better to raise crickets, but do what you want.

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