Husbandry Information for D. hypocausta

Food requirements

We grow these flies on Wheeler-Clayton food.


18 - 25°C is the range they will grow at. They grow slower at the lower temperatures. Embryo to adult will take about 20 days depending upon the temperature. It takes several days from eclosion to reproducing adults. Because of the longer lifecycle there are problems with mold in the food and the food dehydrating.

Pupation conditions

The flies will typically crawl up the sides of the vial in order to pupate. However, the addition of paper along the side of the vial when there are many larvae present is helpful if you are trying to expand the stock.

Special requirements

The males and females are not of identical morphology. If you have mature males and females in the same vial, it may appear that you have two different types of flies.