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Welcome to America! Before it was spotted in Los Angeles, the fruit fly species Drosophila gentica had been seen only in El Salvador back in 1954. Courtesy of Kelsey Bailey, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. hide caption

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Courtesy of Kelsey Bailey, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Alcohol: a key babyproofing product for this little mother. Illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner/Photos via istockphoto.com hide caption

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Illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner/Photos via istockphoto.com

A male fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) Jan Polabinski/iStockphoto hide caption

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Jan Polabinski/iStockphoto

Now we know why we'll never see a common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) sitting on a beet. Jan Polabinski/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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