Inclusion of Fruit flies in a large piece of Colombian copal – amber

Time flies like the wind and fruit flies like bananas, they say.

There are over several  known fruit fly species across the globe and have been around over 100 million years. They just love to eat ripened fruit and vegetables as well as other fermenting products. The usual Caribbean and also the Mexican fruit fruit fly as adult, is approximately twice the size of the common housefly. But the ones we have here in this very large piece of Colombian copal – amber, are very small.

Fruit flies’ live circle begin as eggs, then undergo larval and pupal stages before emerging as adults. They can complete their development in as little as week in ideal temperature conditions. Adult fruit flies can live up to 30 days. Fruit flies can appear to be red, brown or tan in color. These appear almost black (although you will also find one of the red species).

The UCI scientists compared the DNA sequences affecting fruit fly growth and longevity. After the equivalent of 12,000 years of human evolution, the fruit flies showed surprisingly few differences. The researchers found no evidence that mutational changes relevant to longevity had been fixed into the fruit fly populations. (more information at Institute for Creation Research)

So the fruit flies we have here, no matter, whether they are thousands or millions of years old, just look like the ones you find in any kitchen today. Poor Darwin was wrong again.

Thousands of fruit flies in Colombian copal - Amber

Thousands of fruit flies in Colombian copal – Amber