Beneficial Bug of the Day:   
The Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster).
What?! A fruit fly, beneficial!?  Yes, especially if you’ve ever studied genetics.  That pesky critter that loves to swarm your trashcans and drown in your wine glass has proven invaluable to Biology.  Everyone from high school Biology teachers to multimillion dollar labs have used this tiny creature for research.  Its small genome, short life cycle, variety of phenotypes (traits), large number of offspring and ease of rearing make it a perfect candidate for research. It’s genome has been sequenced and helps us understand evolutionary relationships and the tiny fruit fly even helped prove that genes are located on chromosomes. 

Beneficial Bug of the Day:  

The Fruit Fly (Drosophila melanogaster).

What?! A fruit fly, beneficial!?  Yes, especially if you’ve ever studied genetics.  That pesky critter that loves to swarm your trashcans and drown in your wine glass has proven invaluable to Biology.  Everyone from high school Biology teachers to multimillion dollar labs have used this tiny creature for research.  Its small genome, short life cycle, variety of phenotypes (traits), large number of offspring and ease of rearing make it a perfect candidate for research. It’s genome has been sequenced and helps us understand evolutionary relationships and the tiny fruit fly even helped prove that genes are located on chromosomes.