If you’re going to visit the Australian Outback, you’d better be prepared to meet a few flies – or maybe a few thousand.
Bush flies breed prolifically in cow dung, and there’s plenty of that in many Outback areas. Flies can produce a whole new generation every seven or eight weeks, and considering that a single female fly can lay about 100 eggs, the fly population can rapidly multiply astronomically.
Fortunately, the flies are usually prevalent only in the hotter months (September/October to March/ April), and are sensible enough to go to sleep when it gets dark (unless it’s very hot). But when they’re present in their thousands, they can be very annoying, and a fly net as shown in the picture, plus a liberal application of insect repellent are important precautions.
It’s been found that you can drink a cup of tea, or even a beer, without removing your fly net. However, that doesn’t work for things like Vegemite sandwiches or meat pies, and, although a fly or three does provide some extra protein, most people prefer to get it from other sources.