Locomotion of naive Drosophila larvae

  1. Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Department Genetics of Learning and Memory, Brenneckestrasse 6, 39118 Magdeburg, Germany


Published 10 May. 2021 | License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0


Groups of ~ 20 experimentally naive Drosophila melanogaster larvae (Canton S) were placed on agarose-filled Petri dishes of 15 cm diameter with no particular stimuli. Their behaviour was recorded from above for 3 min with 16 frames/s and tracked as described in [Paisios et al. 2017]( This data set contains 31 experiments and approx. 600 animals in total. For each experiment, it features a video with the recorded larvae, standardized meta data and individual csv files for each tracked animal. The provided data can be used to analyze basic locomotion and behaviour of Drosophila larvae, and to benchmark video-analysis tools.


| Neuroscience | Drosophila melanogaster | Video-recording | Tracking |


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  • GIF G-2502-418.13/2018
  • DFG FOR 2705


Thoener J, Schleyer M (2021) Locomotion of naive Drosophila larvae. G-Node.