U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Nature
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 02-17-2012, 07:54 AM
 
33,127 posts, read 21,970,006 times
Reputation: 17689

Advertisements

Fruit flies, which feed off of fermenting fruit, are “essentially living in booze,” according to Mr. Schlenke. “The amount of alcohol in their natural habitat can range from 5 to 15 percent. Imagine if everything that you ate and drank all day long was 5-percent alcohol. We wouldn’t be able to live like that, but fruit flies are really good at detoxifying alcohol,” the evolutionary geneticist posited.

Parasitic wasps are extremely deadly to fruit flies. The wasps place their eggs inside the fruit fly larvae, adding a small amount of immune-suppressing venom. If everything works in the wasp’s favor, the wasp emerges victorious. While many fruit flies succumb to the wasp venom, some fruit flies are able to kill off the wasp eggs with harmful chemicals.

The researchers found that environmental alcohol protects fruit flies from being parasitized by wasps. Researchers also found that imbibing alcohol kills internal wasps. Furthermore, researchers discovered that fruit flies seek out food with higher alcohol content when they are infected by parasitic wasps.

Fruit flies battle parasitic wasps with alcohol | The State Column
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-17-2012, 08:18 AM
 
13,138 posts, read 37,709,791 times
Reputation: 12167
Quote:
Originally Posted by uggabugga View Post
Fruit flies, which feed off of fermenting fruit, are “essentially living in booze,” according to Mr. Schlenke. “The amount of alcohol in their natural habitat can range from 5 to 15 percent. Imagine if everything that you ate and drank all day long was 5-percent alcohol. We wouldn’t be able to live like that, but fruit flies are really good at detoxifying alcohol,” the evolutionary geneticist posited.

Parasitic wasps are extremely deadly to fruit flies. The wasps place their eggs inside the fruit fly larvae, adding a small amount of immune-suppressing venom. If everything works in the wasp’s favor, the wasp emerges victorious. While many fruit flies succumb to the wasp venom, some fruit flies are able to kill off the wasp eggs with harmful chemicals.

The researchers found that environmental alcohol protects fruit flies from being parasitized by wasps. Researchers also found that imbibing alcohol kills internal wasps. Furthermore, researchers discovered that fruit flies seek out food with higher alcohol content when they are infected by parasitic wasps.

Fruit flies battle parasitic wasps with alcohol | The State Column
Interesting and so no wonder why they love rotting fruit .

I always get a kick out of watching them (as well as jumping spiders) when i place discarded banana peel on my kitchen counter and let it just rot there for a day or so and out of nowhere they (fruit flies) show up and buzz all around it for several days
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Nature
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:52 PM.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top