The secret life of fruit flies
Scientists find that the most attractive scent for a fruit fly is no scent at all
By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM October 23, 2009
The cells in Drosophila melanogaster that produce pheromones are located in the abdomen. Here, the cells are marked by a green fluorescent protein.
View a video of fruit flies displaying unusual courtship behavior.
Fruit flies linger over a bowl of rotting fruit. To untrained eyes, the flies may look like a swarming nuisance, but scientists have found that flies’ swoops and buzzes are ways to send signals through the crowd. Another, less obvious way these insects...
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