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Category: Disambiguation Genera 500 genera & about 5,000 species Tephritidae is a family of insects that includes fruit flies. ... Subfamily Drosophilinae Steganinae Wikispecies has information related to: Drosophilidae Drosophilidae (Order: Diptera) is a diverse, cosmopolitan family of flies, including the genus Drosophila, which includes fruit flies, vinegar flies, wine flies, pomace flies, grape flies, and picked fruit-flies. ... Binomial name Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830  Drosophila melanogaster (from the Greek for black-bellied dew-lover) is a two-winged insect that belongs to the Diptera, the order of the flies. ... A model organism is a species that is extensively studied to understand particular biological phenomena, with the expectation that discoveries made in the organism model will provide insight into the workings of other organisms. ... Image File history File links Disambig_gray. ...
All fruitflies are very small insects that lay their eggs in various plant tissues.
Drosophila melanogaster, also called vinegar fly, is a much used laboratory insect; its 10-day life cycle and large chromosomes, particularly those of the salivary glands of the larva, have made it invaluable in the study of genetics.
Fruitflies are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Diptera, families Tephritidae and Drosophilidae.
This is important for their scientific usefulness as it allows virgin flies to be collected and separated according to sex before they are able to mate, allowing genetic crosses to be studied when they are paired with flies that have other variations.
Fliesfly via straight sequences of movement interspersed by rapid turns called saccades.
As a result, fruitflys are commonplace in genetic research labs.
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