Drosophilidae

Pronunciation:  [Droh·so·FILL·i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Vinegar Flies; Pomace Flies; Fruit Flies

Description:   Small flies usually with a yellowish body and red eyes.    This family includes the “fruit fly” often used by geneticists.   Adults and larvae are usually found around fruit or decaying vegetation.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Simple wing venation – only five longitudinal veins reach the wing margin
  2. Subcostal vein is incomplete
  3. Anal cell is is small or absent
  4. Red eyes
  5. Arista of antenna is plumose

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Order:  Diptera