What role do fruit flies play in the ecosystem?



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    Insects like the fruit fly play a vital role in keeping an ecosystem intact. They eat rotting plant matter which helps break it down faster. The decomposition of plant matter produces nutrients which allow other plants to grow in their place.

    In addition to speeding up the decomposition of plants, they feed a host of animals and reptiles. 

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    Aside from helping fruit to decompose, fruit flies have been known to biologically control weeds such as spotted knapweed. They also play a significant role in the food chain. When they are larvae, they can be eaten by rats, mites, crickets, and wasps. When they are adults, they are preyed upon by spiders, wasps, ants, birds, toads, and geckos. 

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