An Introduction - Why Study Fruit Flies?

We know fruit flies as the little pests that buzz around our bananas and other ripe fruit. But did you know that fruit flies don't actually eat fruit?! Have you ever thought about the fact that fruit flies are attracted to rotting fruit rather than fresh fruit? That doesn't really make sense if fruit is their food source - why would they want gross, rotting bananas? Fruit flies actually eat yeast cells that grow on the rotting fruit (too small for us to see!)

Fruit Flies Around the World

In the science world, every organism - even ones as tiny as the fruit fly - have special Latin names. These names allow scientists to talk to each other about the same organisms even if they speak different languages. In the case of the fruit fly, all scientists (from German to English to French and etc) call it Drosophila melanogaster

More on Flies...

This website was designed to help young scientists learn more about genetics research. For more information about fruit flies, check out the navigation bar! Be sure to check out the virtual fly laboratory for an interactive activity!