Swell Live Flightless Fruit Flies Pre-Pack

Ideal live Fruit flies for Dart frogs and Praying mantis

At a glance...
  • Fruit fly culture for creating your own colony of reptile livefood
  • Staple diet for many smaller amphibians and invertebrates
  • Generates tasty nutritious flies for your reptiles
Very good service. The website is easy to use. Despatch of goods and delivery as specified. Livefood arrived intact with plenty of specimens.

What is a Swell Live Flightless Fruit Flies Pre-Pack?

Swell Live Flightless Fruit Flies Pre-Packs are packages containing live Flightless fruit flies that have been bred as exotic animal and reptile food. Flightless fruit flies (a species called Drosophila) are an ideal live food for small amphibians and reptiles, such as Poison arrow frogs, small Day geckos, small newts, salamanders and hatchling chameleons. The flies live for approximately 1 month if cared for correctly in a self-contained tub with some food, such as fermenting fruits or rotting vegetables, in a cool place.

What is a Fruit fly culture?

In comparison to the pre-pack of Fruit flies, this product is in fact not a pre-pack. It is a culture, which is a method of growing Fruit flies from eggs in a pre-mixed medium, creating a continuous supply of flies over a longer period as they hatch. The eggs will appear very small, so you may not be able to see them. These eggs will hatch into small white larvae, normally crawling at the bottom of the tub, eating the already provided food in the medium. Approximately after a week, depending on the temperature, the fly will emerge from the pupa.

We always try our best to time the culture, so that the pupae are on the verge of emerging as adult flies when we send them out. This can sometimes mean that the culture will appear either empty, or the flies will look dead. This is normal, and if left for a couple of days to mature, it should allow the flies to emerge so they can be fed to your reptiles.

Can I buy live flies?

Yes, you can buy live Fruit flies from Swell Reptiles by simply adding them to your basket and checking out, as you would with any other product. Once your order is complete, we will send it to our live food distributor, who will dispatch your Fruit flies on a next-day delivery service. Please expect a slightly longer delivery time for your package to reach you over the weekend and bank holidays or if you live in Ireland or the Scottish islands.

Why buy Fruit flies from Swell Reptiles?

We supply our customers with the most nutritious reptile food available. Bred in ethical conditions in the United Kingdom, our live food is despatched direct from the breeder on a next-day service to guarantee it arrives in tip-top condition. Our live food is always fed exceptionally, with fruit and vegetables, to ensure it will be a tasty nutritious meal for your reptile pets.

How do you get rid of Fruit flies?

While flightless Fruit flies are unlikely to escape you may knock your container over during feeding if you're not careful. If this happens you can use half a cup of apple cider vinegar and a few drop of dish soap in a shallow bowl to trap the flies and prevent them from becoming pests.

Livefood food is despatched directly from the supplier the same day if you order before 12pm and the next day if you order after 12pm. Livefood is delivered Monday to Thursday on a next working day delivery service. Livefood is not suitable for express delivery.



Species Drosophila melanogaster or Drosophila hydei (depending on stock)


Product SKU Livestage
Livefood Flightless Fruitfly Culture A318 Egg
Livefood Flightless Fruit Flies A318FLY Hatchling
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