Fruit Fly Culture D. hydei Flightless

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More information is available on my Fruit Fly Culture Care Sheet.

I leave these as out of stock sometimes because I don't want to make more than I can sell. It's a waste. So, contact me if you want me to make one and I'll enable the listing. Most people seem to want the smaller ones so I always have D. melanogaster available (see related items, below).

We offer 2 different sizes of Drosophila hydei fruit fly cultures. In the dropdown menu below you must chose the size.

1. The medium culture (black "shaker" lid) is $7. There is no extra cost to ship this by express mail.

2. The larger 32 oz. culture is $8.50 if you want it shipped with priority mail (choose the priority mail shipping at checkout for $12), or if you want it shipped by Express Mail you need to select the $16 express mail surcharge in the dropdown menu since it requires a larger box and shipping for that is more expensive (so basically you're paying $8.50 for the culture, and another $7.50 for shipping = $16). And then when you go through checkout you will choose the $27 express mail shipping fee (it will cost us $27 + that $7.50 = $34.50 to ship this).

In all cases it is recommended you never feed all your flies off. Always leave a few in the container so they can continue to lay eggs, thereby generating more flies!


What you might want to know...

The medium sized culture is more suitable if you have 0 to 5 young praying mantises. In the 6 or so weeks that it produces flies it will make upwards of 300 of them. The larger culture we offer is in the conventional 32 ounce cup and is usually overkill for anybody feeding small numbers of mantises or other predatory pets as it will produce about a thousand flies (an unnecessary number of wasted lives in my opinion).

This listing is for "flightless" Drosophila hydei fruit flies. These are larger and darker and have wings but their wings are genetically disabled to prevent flight (We also offer the smaller wingless D. melanogaster in the related product below.). We use only Repashy Superfly (see related products below) as the food media for these cultures. This brand is chock full of nutrients and micro-nutrients, and accepted overwhelmingly for producing highly nutritious flies, whether your pet is a dart frog, praying mantis, etc.

We create new cultures each week, dropping in about 30 to 70 live flies depending on culture size. Often there will be some small larvae winding their way through the media on arrival. The life cycle only takes about 10 to 14 days to produce new adult flies. We ship the cultures slightly on the dry side to help prevent spillage during shipping. However, we do not guarantee that your mail carrier or one of the dozens of hands that the box passes through between here and there won't hold it upside down. Even if this happens, it doesn't typicallly kill the flies (or especially the larvae in the substrate) and you can set the culture on its end and tap the media back down if necessary.

Upon arrival, it is recommended that you add a little bit of water to rehydrate the media at the bottom. More may be necessary if your culture appears dry. When the right amount of water has been absorbed by the media, the mixture should move slowly like molasses when the container is held at an angle. Not too thick, and just barrrely runny. Add the water just a bit at a time and let it sit for a while.

We use excelsior (wood wool product) instead of the black, plastic screens for both culture sizes. The smaller cultures are new to the hobby in 2015 and look much like parmesan cheese dispensers. They have the poly fiber lid for ventilation and a really convenient mechanism for easy opening and closing. The larger cultures can be a little trickier to work with because a hundred flies might be trying to escape while you're putting the lid back on, or blinking too long. It is best to tap the culture with your hand to knock them down before you open either culture.

More information is available on my Fruit Fly Culture Care Sheet.

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