They become winos.
A week ago we developed a fruit fly infestation in the house. The event that triggered the explosion in the population of our close domestic associates was some kiwis and grapes that were being kept on a countertop. We have since gotten rid of the fruit, but Drosophila are still hanging around. The cold weather we've been having may also be forcing them to stay indoors.
Last night, my glass of Cabernet Sauvignon was their focus of attention.
A bunch of them quickly developed an intimate relationship with the fermented grape juice. So much so that eventually one lost its footing and ended up
I rescued it and put it back on the rim of the glass. It fell right back in. It had definitely had one whiff too much.
Why are fruit flies attracted to wine? According to Demerec & Kaufmann's Drosophila Guide:
It is, therefore, not surprising that Drosophila finds wine, grape juice fermented by yeast, attractive.
I don't mind having a few on my glass as long as they don't drink it all up or keep falling in it.