Fruit flies. The larvae of most species are fungivorous, some eating the yeasts in decaying fruit. The family is widely distributed with a concentration of species in north-eastern Queensland. The family Tephritidae are more appropriately called fruit flies.     [247 Aust. species]

Drosophila melanogaster Drosophila sp. filename: gvc0570  

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Insects of Australia (Chapter 39: Diptera)

D.H. Colless and D.K. McAlpine

CSIRO, Division of Entomology

1137pp (2 volumes), Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1999.

page 778