Fruit Fly Culture D. melanogaster Wingless
More information is available on our Fruit Fly Culture Care Sheet, like how to use them properly.
We offer 3 different sizes of Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly cultures, and in the dropdown menu below you can order these three different sizes by priority mail, or by express mail. The small culture, whether you order it priority mail or express mail, is $3.00. It's just under 4 inches tall and one inch wide with a foam plug and produces flies for 3 to 5 weeks on average. This is usually enough to get a praying mantis or other small pet bug through the early couple instars (or molts). The medium culture (black "shaker" lid) is $7.00 whether you order it with priority mail or express mail service shipping (cheap!). The larger 32 oz. culture is $8.50 if you order it with priority mail, or $16.00 if you order it and choose express mail shipping.
I offer a live arrival guarantee on all fly cultures, but will not ship them if I deem your weather to be too cold or too hot. If you are really in a hurry to get some feeders for your pet, I suggest you contact me first if you're not sure about whether the weather will delay your order.
What you might want to know...
The small culture is suitable for one or maybe two small pet predators (like mantises). It may produce 100+ flies, on average. The medium culture is tailored to groups of 1 to 5 young praying mantises. In the 6 or so weeks that it produces flies it will make upwards of 500 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 thousands of flies (an unnecessary number of wasted lives in my opinion).
This listing is for "wingless" Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. These are the small ones, as opposed to the D. hydei which we also offer (see 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 enough flies to ensure a good production of eggs and larvae. In general there will be some small larvae winding their way through the media on arrival. The life cycle only takes about 7 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 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 slowly and in small amounts and wait a while in between.
It is recommended that you tap the side of cultures to knock down the flies before opening them, and never feed all the flies off or there won't be any left to continue laying eggs in the media at the bottom of the cage (which produces your next generation of flies about 7 days later). Flies lay eggs all the time, so you should have a constantly reproducing culture after about the 2nd week and then through to about 2 or 3 weeks after the media is all used up (a total of 6 to 8 weeks, on average from the day we make the large culture).
More information is available on my Fruit Fly Culture Care Sheet.
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