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  • Flies – what's the point?
  • Premier Icon convert
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    Specifically the small/medium sized ones we have in abundance in the house at the moment. They seem to spend their life in the living room doing their impression of aircraft in a hold pattern at Heathrow going round and around in squares, never touching down or appearing to feed. Bloody weird.

    Then there’s the blue bottles that fulfil their life’s ambition by laying thousands of eggs in the cat’s food.

    And their distance cousin the midge, who are friendless bastards.

    God was having a grumpy day when made this lot, mainly to piss off all the other animals on the planet.

    Premier Icon andyl
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    They eat shit and die.

    As annoying as they are I guess they are hugely important to our ecosystem.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    What would I feed my pet if there were no bluebottles?

    [video]https://youtu.be/wKwiLIpRLhQ[/video]

    Premier Icon legend
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    God works in mysterious ways.

    Premier Icon khani
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    Wasn’t there a thing in China ages ago when they decided there were too many birds so had a national bird killing day but after they killed all the birds they were overrun by swarms of flies.
    So the point of flies is they’re bird food.. get a budgie.

    Premier Icon convert
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    Last year we got one of these:-

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    It was brilliant. Smelt a bit (you put it down the garden away from the house and they jump in there rather than going to the house) and macabrely fascinating. It’s good for 20,000 flies and I reckon our one got that or more. We move tomorrow and they take a couple of weeks before they make a difference so not bothered this year and the flies have taken over again.

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    Premier Icon goldfish24
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    Humans – what’s the point?

    My point being, there isn’t one really, leave them be.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    We are a virus with shoes.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    We’re only here to give flies something to annoy.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    …or bite.

    This is bringing up my deep seated existentialist dread.

    <Herzog> If you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you </Herzog>

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I very nearly started this thread myself last week.

    Specifically: why, in the name of all that’s holy, with the ENTIRE WORLD available to buzz about to their hearts’ content, can they find their way through a kitchen door that’s open for precisely half a nanosecond? And why then, with just the world’s smallest kitchen to search in, can they not find their way out again with the window and door wide open?

    Bastards.

    Premier Icon MrNutt
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    More to the point why the hell did

    (a) I get bitten by a horse fly

    and

    (b) do I now feel like I’ve been hit by a truck?!?

    seriously, aching joints, nausea, fatigue, headache, etc

    There is just no need for this, bastards.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    …that doesn’t sound good

    Premier Icon surroundedbyhills
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    Apparently clear sandwich bags with some water in them (like the gala day goldfish transport system) hung in your window does a great job of deterring insects on bright days.

    Premier Icon stevied
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    They eat shit and die.

    I’d probably want to die if I ate shit 😆

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Apparently clear sandwich bags with some water in them hung in your window does a great job of deterring insects on bright days setting fire to your curtains.

    😛

    EDIT: So Alanis

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    I’ll see your pointless flies and raise you wasps! The devil of the small, irritating, flying thing world. What do they do? Why am I inexplicably scared of them? Absolute bastards.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Realistically, both flies and wasps perform useful ecological functions.

    Wasps hunt small beasties and as such prevent more infestation of plants, and flies larva break stuff down and are an important foodstuff for birds and such.

    However, they’re both annoying sometimes.

    Premier Icon pondo
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    Our bee box has had some tenants move in, which I’m very excited about.

    So there.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    what’s the point?

    They’re good for stopping your knob from falling out. But its quite painful when they bite you.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Wasn’t there a thing in China ages ago when they decided there were too many birds so had a national bird killing day but after they killed all the birds they were overrun by swarms of flies.

    I get quite a lot of swallows in and around my workshop (usually get a one or two nests in the workshop itself). They obviously sense when the insect count is falling as autumn approaches and decide to migrate. But a day or two after they are gone theres suddenly flies everywhere for about a week and you realise just how many the wee guys are hoovering up all summer.

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