Drosophila melanogaster

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Drosophila melanogaster - female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Hannah Davis
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Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830 - (vinegar fly)

This is the most common species of Drosophila and a popular insect used in genetic laboratories. It is found on damaged, overripe and decaying fruits. Its abundance in some crops like cherries causes concern to farmers who also confuse it with the more damaging Drosophila suzukii.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Kleine Essigfliege
• English: vinegar fly
• Français: mouche du vinaigre