Fruit Fly Food

Fruit Fly Feeding
Fruit Fly Feeding

The common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) measures 3 to 4 mm in length and is tan or light brown in color. Fruit flies have protruding eyes that are typically red, although some have darker eyes.

As is implied by their name, fruit flies most commonly feed on fruit and other sugary substances. Fruit flies are also attracted to the fermenting sugars present in spilled alcoholic beverages. Fruit flies enter homes in spring and summer on fruit, as well as through open windows and doors. Because fruit fly larvae often are so small, they are difficult to locate and are brought inside unwittingly. Fruit flies may also feed on organic material present in unclean drains.