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Fruit Flies Like A Banana Quiz!

The humble fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a fascinating little creature beloved by students of genetics and hated by wine drinkers. See what you know – not all of these questions need specialised knowledge!

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  • Question of

    Fruit flies are members of the Insecta class of the animal kingdom. How many wings do insects have? Choose the answer that best describes insects in general.

    • More than zero
    • More than one
    • The number can vary
    • More than two
  • Question of

    The taxonomic (scientific name) for the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has what meaning?

    • rose-filled honey tongue
    • dew-loving dark gut
    • pretty little fruit-eater
    • droning-knowledge wool-gatherer
  • Question of

    The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster normally has two wings; thus, which order of insects does it belong to?

    • Lepidoptera
    • Pteradactyla
    • Aptera
    • Diptera
  • Question of

    Fruit flies are often used for experiments in genetics. Which of these is not one of the reasons for this?

    • They have signed a consent form in triplicate
    • They have a small number of large chromosomes
    • They have a short life-cycle and are easy to breed
    • They have well-documented and distinctive mutations
  • Question of

    Which of these genetic variations (mutations) is found in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster?

    • Orange eyes
    • Presence of teeth
    • X-ray vision
    • Dislike of fruit
  • Question of

    Which scientist studied Drosophila melanogaster in the early 20th century and realised the insect’s potential importance in genetic research?

    • Thomas Hunt Morgan
    • Lazzaro Spallanzani
    • Albert Einstein
    • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
  • Question of

    By which of these names is the fruit fly also known?

    • All of these names
    • Pomace fly
    • Apple fly
    • Vinegar fly
  • Question of

    What part of the world is thought to be the origin of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster?

    • Australia
    • China
    • Africa
    • India
  • Question of

    Humans taste their food using the tongue, assisted by sense of smell; the fruit fly not only uses the equivalent of the tongue (labial palps), but also other parts of its body. Which parts does it use?

    • thorax, feet and antennae
    • head and abdomen
    • legs, wing margins and pharynx
    • wing surfaces
  • Question of

    The name “fruit fly” is a description of the environment we usually find these little creatures inhabiting. It is well-known that fruit flies like a banana (especially an overripe one). There are other types of fly, many of which like different things: for example, time flies like…

    • an arrow
    • a clock
    • a sprig of thyme
    • a banana, too


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