Jungle Jewel Exotics is proud to present its very own Fruit Fly Culturing Media.
Created by necessity, and improved through ingenuity, we were able to create a Fruit Fly Culturing Media that works for all Drosophila Hydei and Melanogaster alike. This means there is no need for 2 different mixes or to add additional yeast to feed your new Fruit Fly Culture.
Directions To Make Fruit Fly Culturing Media
in a clean 32oz deli cup, Mix 1/4 cup Dry Fruit Fly Media, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup boiling water. Mix well with a fork. Add Excelsior and cover immediately. Allow the media to cool before adding Fruit Flies.
The final consistency should retain some shape however it should flatten when you tap the culture on a table while still warm (like mashed potatoes). You may need to add a teaspoon of water as necessary depending on the time of year.
During winter months it may be necessary to mist the culture with additional water to prevent drying out. This is due to the very low humidity of Canadian homes in the winter.
By following these directions you shouldn’t experience molding of cultures. Do start a new culture from a mold free fly culture. That said, some strains of mold are resilient.
To combat mold add a little more vinegar to the initial mixture. Make sure to use boiling water as it does help pasteurize the culture. A sprinkle of cinnamon on top of the cooled media may help as well.
If you make to much fruit fly media you can store additional premade cultures in the refrigerator for a few days. Simply allow to warm up to room temperature before adding fruit flies, you may need to mist the media to replenish some moisture .
Store unused dry media in a cool dry place.
For more information and tips of culturing your very own fruit flies, please visit our blog how to Prevent Fruit Fly Cultures from Crashing
Jungle Jewel Exotics Fruit Fly Culturing Media is available for sale and shipping in Canada only