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Drosophila melanogaster

Drosophila melanogaster is the scientific name for the ‘normal’ fruit fly, the most famous fruit fly from the genus Drosophila. The Drosophila melanogaster is attracted to, and lays its eggs in rotten or damaged fruit. The larvae feed on the fruit when they have hatched. Because the Drosophila melanogaster only affect already damaged grapes, it is not that harmful to the grape harvest. This is in contrast to its relative, the Drosophila suzukii, which can also damage healthy grapes and is therefore a real vineyard pest.

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