Fruit Flies & Supplies

Flightless fruit flies are the standard food item for dart frogs. These small insects are easy and inexpensive to culture, and along with a high quality calcium and vitamin supplement, can provide a complete diet for dart frogs. Fruit flies are easy to culture, with the primary requirement being that you have a space to store your cultures that stays in the mid seventies. See the below linked caresheet for more info!  

Click here for our Fruit Fly Culturing Instruction Sheet

Currently we are offering two types of fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila hydei.  Both are winged but flightless. 

Fruit Fly orders are typically shipped on Mondays and Wednesdays, and orders received by around 2 pm CST of the ship date will be shipped on that day.   On request flies may be shipped any day of the week, assuming I am available.  If in doubt email or call to discuss. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT SHIPMENT OF FRUIT FLIES DURING BOTH COLD AND HOT TEMPERATURES CAN BE RISKY. OUR LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEE STATES THAT WE GUARANTEE LIVE ARRIVAL OF FLIES ONLY IF THE TEMPERATURES AT EACH END ARE AT OR ABOVE 20 DEGREES, OR AT OR BELOW 82 DEGREES. 

 

IF TEMPS WILL BE ABOVE OR BELOW OUR RECOMMENDED CUTOFFS, THEN WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHOSE SECOND DAY SHIPPING AND HAVE THE BOX HELD FOR PICKUP AT A NEARBY FED EX OFFICE OR SIMILAR FACILITY. IF TEMPS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE OR BELOW THESE CUTOFF TEMPS, THEN WE RECOMMEND YOU CONSIDER OVERNIGHT SHIPPING TO A BUSINESS OR A FEDEX HUB.  PRIORITY OVERNIGHT HAS A DELIVERY GUARANTEE OF TEN THIRTY AM IN MOST CASES, AND SHOULD SUFFICE, WITH "HOLD AT" NOT BEING NECESSARY. 

IN MOST CASES, HAVING YOUR BOX SENT TO A FED EX LOCATION WILL RESULT IN YOUR BOX BEING READY FOR PICKUP BY NOON THE SECOND DAY FOLLOWING SHIPMENT!  THE SMALL INCONVENIENCE OF NOT HAVING YOUR FLIES DELIVERED TO YOUR ADDRESS IS MINOR COMPARED TO THE MORE SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE OF DEAD OR DAMAGED CULTURES.
TO HAVE YOUR BOX HELD FOR PICKUP,  FIND THE ADDRESS OF THE LOCATION NEAREST YOU, AND ENTER IT IN THE "SHIP TO" ADDRESS BOX IN THE SHOPPING CART AS YOU ARE CHECKING OUT. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF A LOCATION WE WILL FIND ONE FOR YOU, CURRENTLY FEDEX IS USING WALGREENS AND OTHER MERCHANTS AS HOLD AT LOCATIONS, SO OFTEN THE HOLD AT LOCATION IS SOMEWHERE NEARBY.