Husbandry Information for D. miranda

Food requirements

We grow these flies on banana Opuntia food. You can prepare the banana-malt food without the cactus powder, because the Opuntia powder is merely a consequence of how our kitchen prepares the 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.

Pupation conditions

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

Special requirements

When transferring newly eclosed D. miranda adults to new vials we mix adults of different ages. The males eclose at least 2 days after the females making it likely that new vials will have skewed sex ratios if adults are not mixed. These cultures also prefer the food substrate to be mashed up with a couple drops of water so that it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.