We evaluated the role of IP(3) in sugar taste reception in Drosophila melanogaster by inactivating the IP(3) signaling using genetic tools. We used the "IP(3) sponge," composed of the modified ligand-binding domain from the mouse IP(3) receptor, which was designed to absorb IP(3) in competition with native IP(3) receptors. Another tool was a transgene that generates double-stranded RNA against IP(3) receptor mRNA. Both inhibitors diminished the sensitivity of flies to trehalose and sucrose, as estimated by behavioral assays and electrophysiological recordings from the sugar receptor cells. The result indicates that IP(3) signaling is indispensable for sugar reception in Drosophila.