Maintaining pallidipennis group flies

Food requirements

We grow these 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.

Temperature

18 - 25°C is the range they will grow at. They grow slower at the lower temperatures. Embryo to adult will take 20 to 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.