Sunday, October 25, 2015

Important questions about life, the universe and flies

Are house flies just born big? I mean, you never see a small house fly. 

True you see some that are slightly smaller but none that you'd call babies. And now I think about it: how do flies reproduce? Eggs?

The little flies that you see around fruit are a different species, drosophila to be specific. We all know that because who hasn't sexed a drosophila in biology class?

And where do they go in winter?

My curiosity is aroused by the fact that our kitchen tap seems to have become a magnet for fruit flies. No, I don't understand it either. But I'm not that interested that I can be bothered to look it up.


Ole Phat Stu said...

In winter the flies are in their maggot or pupae stage to survive.
Life expectancy of the final fly stage is only 20-30 days.

Graham Hunt said...

Electrostatic electricity I'd imagine... the water in running in the pipe/tap is getting charged up - they can sense that and are interested in it.

Didn't look this up I just made it up - good theory ha! Now can we get a four year research grant to study it?