fruit fly


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fruit fly any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Neither Fruit Flies nor May Flies are flies.
    • Fruit fly (Zoöl) a small dipterous insect of the genus Drosophila, which lives in fruit, in the larval state. There are seveal species, some of which are very damaging to fruit crops. One species, Drosophila melanogaster, has been intensively studied as a model species for genetic reserach.
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.”


In literature:

What though Tantalus found the water shun him and the fruits fly from him when he tried to seize them?
"Erewhon Revisited" by Samuel Butler
One of the perennially fruitful topics of inquiry is what the fish takes a salmon-fly to be.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Clean fruit, clean hands, clean utensils, and a clean kitchen free from flies, are essential for safety and success.
"The New Dr. Price Cookbook" by Anonymous
Water in waters, and fruit, flying touch, Tantalus seeks, his long tongue's gain is such.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
The sun was dropping behind the fruit trees in a large vegetable garden through which Maya was flying.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
When I wus little I had picked up de fruit, fanned flies offen de table wid a peafowl fan an' nussed de little slave chilluns.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
These same flies the next minute may be feeding on fruits or other food materials.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
It was Mr. Hartman's turn to stare, and stare he did, first at the spoiled fruit and then at the flying girls, too stunned to understand.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The kingbirds chased flies, the orioles searched the fruit trees for insects.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
They are particularly on the watch for the Mediterranean fruit fly and for the mongoose.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
They feed upon roots, vegetables, fruit, and small bugs and flies.
"Harper's Young People, October 19, 1880" by Various
I fly among the tall trees and eat fruit and insects.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [January, 1897]" by Various
Would-be lovers began to buzz about like flies when fruit ripens.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Fruit fly (perhaps damsel wing) as symbol of perishability.
"Mascara-Viscera" by Paul Cameron Brown
There was once a bulbul, and one day as he was flying about, he saw a tree on which was a little fruit.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
But Gama's cannon made seven of them fly; the eighth, loaded with fruits and provision, he took.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
This beautiful member of the feathered family flies in flocks, and makes himself familiar with the cherry trees when their fruit is ripe.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Lamps, lustres, china, glass, plates, dishes, fruit, and confectionery flying on all sides!
"The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)" by Charles James Lever
Clean fruit, clean hands, clean utensils, and a clean kitchen free from flies, are essential for safety and success.
"New Royal Cook Book" by Anonymous
At sunset they all wake up and fly over the island and make raids on fruit plantations.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In poetry:

Let earth withhold her goodly root,
Let mildew blight the rye,
Give to the worm the orchard’s fruit,
The wheat-field to the fly:
"The Corn Song" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What bliss to life can Autumn yield,
If glooms, and showers,and storms prevail;
And Ceres flies the naked field,
And flowers and fruits, and Phoebus fail.
"Autumn" by Samuel Johnson
How spleen and envy anxious flies,
And meek content, in humble guise,
Improves the shrub, a tree shall rise,
Which golden fruits shall yield him.
Taste life's, &c.
"Taste Life's Glad Moments" by Alexander Boswell
We sigh when the spring flower falls from the bough,
And regret that such beauty so quickly should fly;
But forget that the summer fruit could not be ours,
Did the blossom that bears it not wither and die.
"To a Friend, on Taking Leave of Oare" by Caroline Fry
"—Kiss me there where pride is glittering
Kiss me where I am ripened and round fruit
Kiss me wherever, however, I am supple, bare and flare
(Let the bell be rung as long as I am young:
let ring and fly like a great bronze wing!)
"Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Masque" by Delmore Schwartz
“From land to land she raging flies,
The green fruit falleth in her wake,
And harvest fields beneath her eyes
To earth the grain unripened shake. Arise, and set the maiden free;
Why should the world such sorrow dree
By reason of Persephone?”
"Persephone" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

The benefits of this strategy began accruing a few months ago, when Celera helped academic scientists decode the genome of the fruit fly .
They were produced by Mel Feany, a gifted young pathologist with a knack for twisting fruit flies ' brains in interesting ways.
Other researchers have determined that what the three Nobel laureates found in fruit flies also applies to higher species, including humans.
Pitnick, who dissected fruit flies to remove, count and measure sperm, said in an interview that the insects had about 800 sperm in their reproductive tracts at one time.
You Move Like a Sex-Crazed Fruit Fly.
Alfalfa blotch leafminers, fruit fly-size insects that feed on alfalfa leaves, are attacking more and more Upper Midwestern fields.
State agricultural officials are battling a Mediterranean fruit fly infestation in Rancho Cucamonga by introducing sterile male pests and applying an insecticide to trees and plants in the area.
To Kill Parasites, Fruit Flies Self Medicate With Alcohol.
Fruit flies seek out alcohol as a drug to kill parasites.
Something You Didn't Know About Fruit Flies.
Season 17 of "The Amazing Race" is coming later this month and already scenes from the show have gone viral, thanks to a stunt mishap involving flying fruit.
Obviously, people are different from fruit flies.
) Kill Slugs, Snails, Fruit Flies, and Cockroaches.
Fruit flies like a banana.
The fly likes ripening fruit, making it a potentially serious threat to Maine crops .