How I stopped worrying and learned to love my fruit flies

AJ Mastav
6 min readJul 31, 2021
Close-up on Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly. Photo by Sanjay Acharya

One of the trivial hardships of summer in North America, along with poison ivy (or oak, or sumac), sunburns, and a spoiled half of a watermelon taking up good refrigerator space, is the fruit fly: Drosophila melanogaster.

The fruit fly’s greatest weapon may be that it, in small numbers, it is easy to ignore. In the early days of summer, five or six little flies…

AJ Mastav

Professional planner, unprofessional writer. Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Also, a Sunday School teacher.