Husbandry Information for D. sturtevanti

Food requirements

We grow these on our standard cornmeal food or 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 30 - 50 days depending upon the temperature.

Pupation conditions

The addition of paper along the side of the vial when there are many larvae present is helpful. The larvae crawl around for a relatively long time before starting pupation.

Special requirements

This species has finicky females. When you transfer them to new food it may take them up to a week to begin laying eggs even if they are sexually mature.