Sleeping Flies

Fruit Flies

Drosophila Flies

People often ask do insects sleep? For the Drosophila fly, the answer is yes. Drosophila has periods of inactivity that are characterized as sleep. The fly remains motionless and becomes less responsive to stimuli. Drosophila can enter periods of deeper sleep similar to humans. Biologists have created methods for the study of sleep in Drosophila. Drosophila has many mutants that differ in sleep characteristics. The use of mutants has allowed key genes that are involved in the sleep process to be identified. The results from Drosophila can be applied to animals that are more difficult to study. The study of sleep in Drosophila is contributing to our understanding of our own sleep.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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