Male common fruit fly (Drosophila Melanogaster) - about 2 mm long - sitting on a blade of grass with green foliage background
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs
Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs
The Sex Appeal of Symmetric Songs

Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.

Female fruit flies assess the physical symmetry of male suitors through the songs they sing, a study claims.

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A drawing of pseudostratified gut epithelial cells in the early intestines, cells in red and nucleus in purple.
Move Over Apoptosis: Another Form of Cell Death May Occur in the Gut
Natalia Mesa | May 18, 2022
Though scientists don’t yet know much about it, a newly described process called erebosis might have profound implications for how the gut maintains itself.
Drosophila melanogaster on cactus leaf
Fruit Flies Evolve in Time with the Seasons: Study
Natalia Mesa | Mar 17, 2022
Researchers find that evolution can operate on extraordinarily fast timescales.
A multicolored section of a fruit fly brain
Tumors Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier at a Distance
Abby Olena | Sep 9, 2021
Shoring up the tissues that separate neurons and other brain cells from the circulatory system in fruit flies and mice can prolong life in the presence of a tumor.
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena | Dec 17, 2020
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2020
Under constant darkness, Drosophila’s ability to form lasting memories is impaired.
Image of the Day: Neural Branching Gene
Emily Makowski | Jan 20, 2020
A gene involved in a newly described syndrome affects neural functioning in fruit fly embryos.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
fruit fly drosophila melanogaster sperm sex peptide memory reproduction
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Ruth Williams | Nov 20, 2019
A protein present in the ejaculate of male fruit flies activates long-term memory formation in the brains of their female partners.
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Emily Makowski | Sep 27, 2019
Scientists create a micro-CT scan image of Drosophila in fine detail.
Sleep Deprivation Hardly Harms Fruit Flies
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2019
Some individuals sleep just minutes a day. And keeping flies awake does not have untoward effects on longevity.
Image of the Day: The Imitation Game
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 14, 2018
A bioinspired robot helps researchers study insect flight.
Image of the Day: Puppet Master
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 3, 2018
Researchers study the mechanistic effects of behavioral changes caused by parasites in fruit flies.
Image of the Day: Snapshot
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 20, 2018
Scientists map the fruit fly brain, giving an in-depth look at its neurons.
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  
Image of the Day: Fruit Fly Factory 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Nov 10, 2017
A fruit fly ovary can contain up to 20 eggs at a time.