Maintaining saltans group flies

Food requirements

Most of these flies can be grown on our standard cornmeal recipe although check the individual species below. One problem is that the development time is often so long that many cornmeal recipes will become too dry.


18 - 25°C is the range they will grow at. They grow slower at the lower temperatures. Embryo to adult will take 22 to 50 days depending upon the temperature and the species.

Pupation conditions

The flies will crawl up the sides of the vial in order to pupate. There is much more successful eclosion of adults when they have paper to pupate in.

Several of the species below have very long developmental times or other difficulties, click on the link for special husbandry conditions.