Maintaining melanica group flies

Food requirements

We grow these on our standard cornmeal food


18 - 25°C is the range they will grow at. They grow slower at the lower temperatures. Embryo to adult will take about 25 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.