vinegar fly


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vinegar fly

n.
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vinegar fly

n
(Animals) any of various dipterous flies of the genus Drosophila. See drosophila
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fruit′ fly`


n.
1. any of numerous small, black or steely green flies of the family Tephritidae, whose eggs are deposited in fruit for the larvae to feed on after hatching.
2. Also called drosophila. any of numerous similar yellowish flies of the family Drosophilidae, which feed on the yeasts of fermenting fruit used in laboratory studies.
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Noun1.vinegar fly - flies whose larvae feed on pickles and imperfectly sealed preservesvinegar fly - flies whose larvae feed on pickles and imperfectly sealed preserves
fruit fly, pomace fly - any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits
genus Drosophila - a genus of Drosophilidae
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1C and 1D), and vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (n = 258) (Fig.
The bigger enemy, however, is the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), an invasive Asian vinegar fly that surfaced in California in 2008 and quickly spread to the Midwest within two years.