Monday, May 17, 2010

Cluster ‘bomb’

Once again cluster flies have hit the headlines. This time a box full of live cluster flies was sent to the Agriculture Minister David Carter. The box was marked with a note saying the box contained a bomb. This caused the New Zealand Parliament building, known as The Bee Hive, to be evacuated.

It would seem that this was the action of a disgruntled person making a protest about the increase in cluster flies that has been attributed to increased dairy farming; the fly larvae feed on earthworms in pasture and as pasture land increases so do the number of cluster lies.

It has been reported that some homes have been invaded by as many as 10,000 flies clustering to survive over winter. These flies are frequently described as ‘disgusting’ by those whose homes they invade (see the comment on a previous blog).

What is the difference between a fly and a bird? A bird can fly but a fly can’t bird!

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