Filter Fly

Clogmia albipunctata


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Starter colony (~24 mixed larvae): $10 (Contact for Availability)


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  • Adult Size: 6 mm (wingspan).
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Wet.
  • Favorite Foods: Rotting Leaves, Fish Flakes, Yeast.
  • Locality: Brighton, Michigan.

THIS SPECIES IS A POSSIBLE HOUSEHOLD PEST. KEEP AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Drain flies are familiar to anyone who has spent time in an outdoor public restroom. In warm weather, the fuzzy, moth-like adults can cover walls and will swarm lights at night. The larvae are important decomposers both in nature and in human sewage systems; they feed on both the decaying organic matter as well as the fungi and bacteria breaking it down. In captivity, a few millimeters of water with some dead leaves and wood mixed in can be used as the basis for the cultivation medium. Add the adults, sprinkle in some yeast (or a similar food of choice) and within days larvae will appear. Cultures seldom need more maintenance than the occasional feeding or replacement of evaporated water. Heavy feeding will induce surges of adults, which make unrivaled mantid food. The filter fly is not known to infest restrooms or houses like its smaller relatives, however it is an opportunist and its hardiness should not be underrated.

**Please allow two weeks of preparation time as new cultures are created on an as-needed basis.**