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Old 07-06-2011, 06:00 PM   #1 
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Talking What *Bugs* Me...

... Bugs, of course! ;D

Flightless Fruit Flies, to be exact.

I opened the jar, and shook it... and billions of them fell into the 5 gallon tank, lol! They must have all hatched all at once, after doing nothing for over a week.

I had to scoop a majority them out of Baby Blue's Tank... put them in the sorority. Everyone is well fed here now... probably should fast them tomorrow... meanwhile, them fruit flies keep on coming!

Of course, if I was a guy, you know what I'd be?

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LORD OF THE FLIES!
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:03 PM   #2 
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Ha ha. But what those flies read in their spare time is...

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HARRY SWATER AND THE LORD OF THE FLIES

He he...I haven't tried wingless fruit flies for my babies. Guess I should!

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:08 PM   #3 
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How do your raise/get them?
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:19 PM   #4 
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I might try that I Knew how to raise/get them too.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:23 PM   #5 
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For me, their at my LPS.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:43 PM   #6 
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I got'em from Petco. They are wingless fruit flies (Drosophila Melanogaster) - but it's quite funny - the species IN the jar is wingless... and the species pictured ON the jar has wings!

They come in a jar with a special fine mesh screened top, some 'starter' culture on the bottom and what looks like with paper-ish Easter basket 'hay' inside.

Who makes up these jars? The Fruit Fly Company, of course. No, I'm not kidding. That's the company's name and they're in Washington state. Hooray! American Fruit Flies!!!

All you do is buy the jar, and the flies do their thing. The culture lasts for 3-5 weeks, according to the manufactuer.

I suppose one could look up how to make the culture, and transfer flies to a fresh culture jar to keep the little buggers going... or you can buy a fresh jar at the store after the first jar 'peters out'.

I'd personally buy two jars (the second one about three weeks after the first), so when the first colony dies you can prepare a new culture in the first jar. When the second colony is dying, they can be moved to a fresh culture.... and so on, and so on.

http://www.anapsid.org/fruitfly.html

The above link is to a page on the starter culture recipes... I'm sure there are others out on the web.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:49 PM   #7 
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"They are wingless fruit flies (Drosophila Melanogaster)"

Ahem... I meant "Flightless Fruit Flies (Drosophila Melanogaster)"... but, they are in fact, wingless... just checked them out underneath my magnifier... Oooo, what big red eyes they've got!
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TheBlueBettaFish, you are star-warped, lol...
and Neil D, I KNOW you are toooooo ;D
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:31 PM   #9 
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:02 PM   #10 
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Neil D:

"Ha ha. But what those flies read in their spare time is...

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Star Warped... get it? Hmmm... maybe you're more just plain old warped? :)

I've seen your posts, after all!

*puffer fish (that I'm carrying) sees Neil D; tries to hide!*
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