fruit fly

noun

Definition of fruit fly

: any of various small dipteran flies (such as a drosophila) whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter

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The 18-centimeter lunar greenhouse also contains potato and rock cress (related to cabbage and mustard) seeds, as well as fruit fly eggs, which Chinese scientists hope will hatch during the rover’s stay on the moon. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the Very First Time," 15 Jan. 2019 Lots of flies pose a mild nuisance — like the fruit fly on the left — but the knife-like mouthparts of horse flies make their bites especially painful, according to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Identify These Dangerous Summer Plants and Bugs?," 3 Aug. 2018 The fruit flies will be drawn in, but won't be able to get out. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "7 Genius Ways to Kill Fruit Flies," 11 July 2018 There is a purely scientific application for the DelFly that includes studying and replicating insect flight dynamics and high-agility maneuvers, like the ones that fruit flies use to evade predators or humans. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The DelFly Nimble robot can fly like a real insect," 14 Sep. 2018 Similar experiments with fruit flies complemented those results. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Flying insects like bees, dragonflies, and fruit flies can perform impressive aerodynamic feats, particularly when seeking to evade predators or the swatting motion of a human hand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "This nifty flying robot can hover, bank, and turn as deftly as a fruit fly," 13 Sep. 2018 New research shows that for male fruit flies, the process of ejaculation might actually be quite pleasurable. National Geographic, "Fruit Flies Likely Enjoy Sex, Offering Clues Into Drug Addiction," 19 Apr. 2018 Pests controlled: Yellow traps attract whiteflies, fruit flies, male winged scales, leafhoppers, fungus gnats, midges, male winged mealybugs and leafminers, thrips, psyllids, and winged aphids. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017

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circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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fruit fly

noun

Medical Definition of fruit fly

: any of various small dipteran flies (as a drosophila) whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter

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