MAY 28, 2019 4:43 PM PDT

The Science Behind Fruit Flies

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Fruit flies are rather annoying little things, not only because they make little buzzing noises and tickle you when they land on your skin, but because they tend to multiply very quickly. In fact, after finding a rotting piece of fruit, one fruit fly will lay dozens of eggs that later hatch and multiply in under two weeks.

Fruit fly infestations are particularly challenging to get rid of because of just how small the insects are. Their small footprint makes it easier for them to squeeze into incredibly tiny spaces, allowing them to lay their eggs in hard-to-reach places.

Fruit flies are particularly hard to kill too, mostly because they’re excellent at evading flyswatters due to their 270-degree field of view. With it, they can see you coming from almost any direction, and they’ll already be two steps ahead of you before the flyswatter ever gets anywhere near them.

Research also shows that fruit flies can predict your flyswatter usage based on the direction you swing it. The insects have been observed changing their stance to prepare for a flight based on the path of the flyswatter, and they’re just as crafty in mid-air, changing their trajectory faster than you can blink your eye.

The next time you experience a fruit fly problem, try trapping the insects instead of swatting them…

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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