The fruit fly life cycle is a very interesting subject and is a necessary one to review if you have a few buzzing around your house. I have written briefly about this subject in another article but since then, I have been bombarded with additional questions and requests for more pictures so I decided to dedicate an entire article to this subject. Nobody likes the embarrassment of having them around your house when you have guests around to visit, not to mention the potential health risks it causes. It also gives the impression that you are unclean and although many have tried to fix the problem, unfortunately it can be very hard if you do not educate yourself about these red eyed bugs.
Fruit flies breed very fast and I have personally found that if you do not kill them at their source, you are going to be fighting a loosing battle. However, the fruit flies life cycle is actually quite amazing and will help you to understand more about how fruit flies reproduce. If you have ever wondered how fruit flies undergo the transformation from egg to that irritating bug that always seems to find its way into your fruit bowl, you have come to the right place. Understanding how they breed is one of the first steps that you can take in order to learn how to remove fruit flies. All the information has been carefully researched and will help you to learn more about the common household fruit fly in its early developmental phases. You can then use this valuable information about fruit fly reproduction to help you control your fly problem, which is the first step before you use fruit fly traps.
Fruit Fly Eggs – Where the Fruit Fly Life Cycle Begins
The First Step In The Reproduction Process
Fruit flies usually lay their eggs in an area where their newborn babies have a place in which to feed when they hatch. This includes the Mediterranean fruit fly. This is very important as they are fairly immobile and depend upon their surroundings to sustain themselves. The most common place where a female fruit fly will lay her eggs is inside rotting fruit as the fermentation process creates additional sugar which is perfect for her offspring. Another requirement that any fruit fly mother needs to meet is the temperature needs to be about 25 degrees.
Although research shows that they can exist in slightly higher temperatures, (provided there is a high humidity) the place where she lays her eggs should not be below 20 degrees otherwise the baby fruit flies run the risk of dying which will bring an end to the life cycle of fruit fly. When she lays her eggs, she usually has enough to produce about 200-500 baby fruit flies. What makes things worse is that as soon as the female babies climb out of these fruit fly eggs, they are able to start reproducing about 24 hours later. The entire process of laying eggs to the time it takes for there to be a irritating fruit fly buzzing around your head is about 7 to 13 days so its no wonder that once you have a fruit fly problem that it can be so hard to get rid of it.
Fruit Fly Larvae – Halt! Maggot Time!
The Second Step In The Fruit Fly Life Cycle
Fruit fly larvae is the next phase once the eggs have hatched. If you recall, fruit fly eggs take about 10 days to hatch, provided the conditions are right (temperature, etc) and these little worms are what pop out of those little shells. Their immediate requirement is to feed on a surgary substance and hence why it was critical that their mom placed them in a suitable area.
Worms are typically defined as having a long, thin body whereas the larvae we are referring to is short and fat. Take a few moments to examine the picture on the left to see what I mean. These maggots stay in this phase for a couple days, gouging themselves on as much food as they possibly can. Once your fruit has been infected with them, please make sure that you throw them away immediately and not just cut off the bad part. The reasoning behind it is because there is usually a large amount of bacteria present and exposure to it can cause you to become very sick so rather be safe then sorry. For more information, check out this article that contains info about the various stages of fruit fly growth.
Fruit Fly Puparium – The Metamorphosis Begins
The Third Step In The Fruit Fly Life Cycle Time
At this point the larvae has consumed enough food and grown enough to grow a hard outer skin that will house it for about 4-6 days. While in this protect layering, a process known as metamorphosis takes place. It is a natural phenomenon that allows a living creature to change from one form to another and is an important part of a fruit fly lifespan. In this case, it will be transforming from a fat maggot to a winged insect which is nothing short of amazing. Its important to note that during the fruit fly puparium phase, the larvae does not feed on anything at all and depends completely on the food that it has stored in the previous stage of its lifespan. The fruit fly is almost ready to be born and reproduce and its been under a week since it was conceived. This extremely fast reproduction rate is one of the reasons why its hard to free yourself from a fruit fly infestation.
The Baby Fruit Fly Arrives!
The Last Step In The Fruit Fly Life Cycle
As soon as the fruit fly comes out of the temporary home that kept it safe for a couple days, it is able to fly and feed on your precious fruit and vegetables. After a mere 60 hours or so, these new fruit flies are able to find a mate and lay their own set of eggs, with each generation bringing about 300 new fruit flies into existence. If you already have a major infestation, I highly recommend that you follow this article on how to make your own fruit fly trap from home.
So as you can see, these fruit flies can not only be a frustration to you and your family, but they can also pose a rather serious health risk, given that they hang around rotten food that’s fill of bacteria so if you have any around your house, I suggest that you try and get rid of them as soon as possible. Thanks for reading my article and don’t forget to share it with your friends so that they can also learn about the life cycle of fruit flies!