Fruit flies show ‘hangry’ behaviour when deprived of food, study shows

Just like humans, the tiny species becomes aggressive on an empty stomach

Jane Dalton
Saturday 05 June 2021 10:11 BST
<p>Fruit flies react like people to hunger</p>

Fruit flies react like people to hunger

If you’ve ever noticed your partner becoming irritable and aggressive when their stomach is empty, take comfort from knowing they are not alone – fruit flies also become “hangry”.

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Oxford University discovered that male fruit flies, which feed on decaying fruit, grew ever more combative the longer they went without food, for up to 24 hours.

After a day, their aggression reached a plateau.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in