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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Flies on me

I'm not at all sure that the existence of flies can be justified, but I'm curious. Do they serve any purpose, any useful purpose? I know they function very well as intense irritants, and are therefore the object of endless curses and attempts to murder them, but do they actually do any good? I wonder.



One thing that comes to mind is the wonderful expression, 'no flies on you' or on 'me' as the case may be. It's a compliment meaning that you are eager to do or understand something, or are quick witted. We must offer our gratitude to flies for this saying. What else though...there must be more.

Here are some amazing and fun facts about flies courtesy of The Amazing Fly Gun Fly


  • There are 120 000 different species of flies
  • Flies are the only insect with just two wings
  • A house flies foot is 10 million times more sensitive to the taste of sugar than a human tongue
A big thank you to flies for that entertaining trivia.

Lastly, as incontrovertible evidence of the value of flies I present the Louis the Fly series of ads for Mortein. Here's the original television commercial.


Do you have any kind words to say about flies?

12 comments:

  1. Well, flies do help to indicate whenever a relative's meatloaf has gone bad. And they do keep the flyswatter business up and running.

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    1. True. Excellent. Thanks Jeffrey. I knew there had to be more. Thanks for visiting, and taking the time to comment.

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  2. Flies make baby flies which are maggots. I have not researched the topic, (I think it would gross me out too much) but I believe in the US there is maggot therapy "for chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and non-healing traumatic or post surgical wounds." Sounds disgusting but... everything is created for something, yes?

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    1. How could I have forgotten maggots? Those little treasures.Maggot therapy? Whatever works, right? Thanks for visiting Square Pegs, and taking the time to comment.

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  3. Well, you know the dreaded winter is over once they show up. Ha!
    http://enchantedfantasies.blogspot.com/

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    1. A sign of spring? You are a glass half full person, aren't you Thea? Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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  4. The only thing I can say is they are durable little stinkers... I live in a renovated barn and have tried everything from natural to toxic solutions to rid it of cluster flies in the summer and no go for years...I guess they are in the beams is what we were told... I dunno.... ick thats all I have to say!

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    1. Durable little stinkers? Love it. It would have made a perfect subtitle for my post. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Sorry, I don;t have any suggestions for the effective execution of said insects. I enjoy using a fly swat, but there are so damn many of them in the summer.

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  5. I guess flies have something to do with cleaning up rotting stuff, but in turn the dirty little suckers make the world a nastier place. Flies can be really annoying. Where I live in Los Angeles I don't see as many flies as I used to see back east. Maybe it's the climate? Or maybe it's just the part of L.A. where I live. Whatever the case I just hope they keep staying away.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Maybe they can't handle the smog in LA. Or maybe it's such a pristine city, they can't find any rotting stuff. ;-) Thanks for popping in, Arlee.

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  6. I used to be a fly-fisher, but that's a different kind of flies >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  7. Thanks for popping in Cold As. I've never fly-fished.

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