Drosophila melanogaster or bombyx mori?

29 700 google hits for chang'e silkworm
27 500 chang'e drosophila
25 100 chang'e "fruit fly"

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang%E2%80%99e-4 says silkworms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang'e_4 said fruit fly before I changed it to "fruit fly or silkmoth".

Any reliable sources?

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    $\begingroup$ whatever they were, they're dead now. $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Jan 17, 2019 at 15:04

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They were fruit flies, according to a Chongqing University web page (the page claims CQU was the lead in that experiment)

Earlier stories talked about silkworms; it's possible these were changed to fruit flies as plans progressed: fruit flies can consume ethanol, which yeast (also added in later reports) can produce while breaking down organic mater.


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