- I recently began culturing this species of fruitfly to feed to my
anoles. In the past I have cultured D. melanogaster (flightless) and D.
hydei (flightless). The D. virilis are able to fly, but you can slow them
down enough by placing the culture in the refrigerator for a few minutes to
allow you to shake them out and dust them.
The are about 5X the mass of D. melanogaster and are much more prolific
than D. hydei. The culture buzzes when you pick it up. I had everybody
feeding on them almost immediately and the wings are big enough that they
can't really make it through a fine mesh screen.