My lab. focuses on 3 species of flies: House fly, common blowfly, and the spotted winged Drosophila. Respectively, all 3 are important with respect to food safety issues, modeling of food intake, and major destructive pest of small fruits worldwide. Currently there are 8 undergrads in my lab. doing various projects with adult flies and a salivary gland virus of house fly adults. These students have been with my lab. now for about 1-2 years depending on the student. We raise the flies in an insectary adjacent to the research lab.