Fruit Flies. These little creatures are a nuisance; swarming wine bottles, fruit, trash cans or other moist areas during the warmer months of the year. You would not want to intentionally introduce this fly to your home, no matter how much you love your reptiles and amphibians and want to make sure they are well fed. This is why you would want to use flightless fruit flies, like one of the two types we sell at PetSolutions. Certain reptiles and amphibians, such as dart frogs, have not only small bodies but also very tiny mouths even when they are adults. It is absolutely crucial to have a steady source of small feeder insects like fruit flies available for them.  In addition to reptiles and amphibians, top feeding aquarium fish such as archers, hatchet fish, bettas and gouramis would love fruit flies as a treat during feeding. Although not a top feeder, larger tetras would also enjoy fruit flies.

Types of Fruit Flies:

Drosphila melongaster

These are a smaller fly, which would be ideal for young frogs and froglets. These are flightless flies but they are not completely immobile. These flies can jump pretty far.

Drosphila hydei

This flightless fly grows slightly larger than the melongaster.  It would be appropriate for feeding surface feeding freshwater fish as well as large juvenile or adult dart frogs.

fruit flies
If you decide to add fruit flies to the menu for your pet, just remember to pick up the right kind! Store them in vials used for fruit fly colonies and your pet will enjoy this delicious treat! 

About The Author John Flynn

John is the Live Deliveries Manager at Petsolutions, and has 20 years of experience working in the pet care industry specializing in live fish, plants, corals, and reptiles. Outside of PetSolutions, John enjoys photography as well as outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

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