Friday, February 17, 2012


Your Fruit Fly Has a Problem

Fruit fly larvae have unusually high alcohol tolerance, which scientists used to think was because they happen to feed on yeast in rotting fruit. Turns out they’re in it for the alcohol, too—as medication. According to a new study*, alcohol protects them from the wasp parasites that lay eggs in fruit fly larvae... Despite what certain human drinkers out there may claim, these are the first results that show any organism successfully self-medicating itself with alcohol against infection.

Are you rolling your eyes at us with that last sentence? Moral of this story: never pour alcohol down the drain.

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But what about pouring vodka on wounds as an antiseptic?

Yes, but do they like Qream?

Toby Jug

That would explain why every bar I worked at had trouble with fruit flies no matter what kind of half-rotted sugar bomb they put out to lure the damn things away from the product.


@Toby Jug I was going to say this doesn't explain why my old place had so many, but then I remember my ex never took his beer bottles out and left half finished ones out all the time. NEVER MIND.


I think there’s been a misunderstanding. When I said in the feedback post that I wanted more fruit fly information on the Hairpin, I wanted tips on how to get them the eff out of my house, not information on how the damn things stay alive.


@gobblegirl Only drink wine out of sealed up box you keep in the fridge! /lives fruit fly free

P.S. Please don't hate me

@gobblegirl Also, there are these things that look like fruit flies, but aren't the same. They hatch in overwatered house plants. Their eyes are gray instead of red, and they aren't attached to fruit juice. I had a problem with them, but eventually they just went away? Wish I could say what I did, maybe stopped watering my plants?


@P.S. Please don't hate me Maybe that's what it is! I am pretty sure my flies are coming from my plants. Though they also hang out in my kitchen. Confusing!


Rolling my eyes? Any solid evidence supporting the theory that certain alcoholics are "pickled" is welcomed with open... gullets.


LIES. Whenever I suspect I have eaten some iffy lunch meat, I run and take a big slug of 101 proof Wild Turkey in an effort to kill any nasties in my stomach. No food poisoning yet. I therefore deduce that booze = preventative medicine. SCIENCE.


This seems an appropriate place as any to share a fruit fly poem by Gavin Gunhold:

Due to the tragically short life span of the average fruit fly, College is not really an option.
Caps and gowns don't come in that size anyway.

Zeki Yol@facebook

great work, thank you. i always follow web sites. thanks for sharing. Fıkra .

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