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Old 19-09-2010, 11:39 AM posted to aus.gardens
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Default a new fly in the kitchen

I've seen no vinegar flies hovering over the fruit bowl these past
two years. Instead, the harmless little fruit fly has been replaced
by a frenzied cousin of similar size but with a predeliction for a
much wider range of foods. Two most notable characteristics of this
newcomer are its restless jerky way of walking, and it's refusal to
be chased. Put out a slice of bread and a fly will be onto it in the
blink of an eye, walking everywhere in a random pattern. No amount
of handwaving will drive it off; I end up having to pick it off.
Pour a glass of milk, and in no time a fly will drop in to walk all
over the liquid's surface. If left alone the fly will usually lose
interest and leave, try to chase it and I end up having to fish it
out of the drink.

They fly too fast to be seen "on the wing" -- they simply leave one
spot and reappear at another. I can't figure out where they breed,
but if left unchecked their number just keeps increasing. They don't
congregate near fruit, or anything that I can see. Not wishing to
spray insecticide around, I hung up a couple of those old-fashioned
sticky fly strips and soaked up hundreds of flies in just one week.

These flies could easily be mistaken for a sandfly, same size, same
colour. Where have the vinegar flies gone, and where do these pesky
gatecrashers hail from? Maybe these are an exotic import?

Anyone else have them?
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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