Animal Species:Vinegar Fly
The Vinegar Fly is a small, yellowish fly with distinct red eyes and is commonly seen around rotting fruit.
3 mm - 4 mm
The Vinegar Fly is found throughout Australia.
The Vinegar Fly is found in urban areas.
Feeding and Diet
The Vinegar Fly is not actually a fruit fly as it does not feed on fruit directly, just the yeasts associated with rotting fruit. The name 'fruit fly' is more correctly applied to flies in the family Tephritidae.The larvae feed on the bacteria and yeast found in rotting fruit.
The Vinegar Fly is commonly found in genetics laboratories around the world. This is probably the most studied of all animals (besides humans) and has contributed greatly to our understanding of genetics. Its short life cycle of only a couple of weeks makes it ideal for genetic research.
The larvae can cause great problems for wineries and fruit-juice producers.