posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 10:44 PM
reply to post by skyblueworld
I don't doubt fruit flies may be loose on the ISS.
First, some were brought as part of experiements. Some may not be perfectly contained. Obviously they can get out.
Second those little boogers easily get into food. Astronauts occasionally get treats like bananas (also a fruit fly favorite), and what's likely to
hitch a ride? (I doubt everything is perfectly quarantined. And some foods they're inside the peel. I'd also hate to say it, but it's likely anyone
who has had enough fruit may have eaten a few of their maggots too and are none the wiser.) And they don't need much to survive on. Whatever crumbs
or droplets they could find may keep them going for days on end. Just like on Earth they probably find their way in and out of the trash containers,
refridgerator, and any other food stores.
Not the worst pest, since they don't bite people and they're only really interested in sweet stuff. Yet they can be pesty, they seem to have a
nature of trying to explore a large area of their environment despite having a brain which only amounts to a few nerve cells. If I get them buzzing my
face from having just one apple in my room for a day, certainly the ISS will have them in some of their camera shots.