fruit fly

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fruit fly

n.
Any of various small flies of the family Drosophilidae, having larvae that feed on fermenting or decaying plant material, especially the common species Drosophila melanogaster, often used in genetic research. Also called pomace fly, vinegar fly.

fruit fly

see DROSOPHILA.
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Baust's lab has been recording the monthly variations in sugar production in the blood of one gall fly species capable of surviving the low temperatures of winter.
The larval gall fly chews an exit tunnel from the central chamber to the gall epidermis before winter diapause (Uhler, 1951), but this tunnel remains covered by a thin layer of plant tissue and is not apparent by external examination.
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Mortality of the goldenrod gall fly, Eurosta solidaginis, in the vicinity of Ithaca, New York.