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Dear Andrew, I am sorry it has taken so long for me to get this answer to you. I tried twice, but lost the message each time! I'm supposed to be a scientist, eh? Well, I asked two professors here at U. Cincinnati who work with flies... and I watched my own flies for a while... ALSO, I looked in the Mad Scientist archives for similar questions. Here is what I know: Fruit flies have genes which determine their circadian rythms. These and other fly genes can be found in the FLYBASE: http://flybase.bio.indiana.edu:82:82 My flies might be resting, while others are flying... it is tough to tell. They, and other insects, don't have eylids, of course... so that doesn't give it away. These other answers were posted that seem to be from folks more informed than I am. I hope this helps, if you have any other question, or some detail these don't cover, email me. Melanie Stegman, Stegmami@email.uc.edu Answers from the archives: Re: Do any flies ever sleep during their lifetime? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec98/912490158.Zo.q.html Please do have a look at: Do butterflies sleep? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec96/846539049.Zo.q.html Do ants ever sleep? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec96/841965056.Zo.q.html Do any insects sleep? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec96/841965056.Zo.q.html And especially recomended see: Do worms sleep? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/mar97/854542855.Zo.q.html
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