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Northerly winds blow an influx of bushflies into Victoria

Feel like there are more flies than usual this summer?

You’re not alone.

There seems to have been an influx of bushflies around town this summer – and they’re particularly noticeable if you’ve been watching the cricket.

Shots of white shirts covered in flies have been as common as batsmen taking an insect repellent break.

Entomologist Simon Hinkley told Mark Hawthorne bushflies aren’t found in Melbourne in winter, but they live just north of the Murray.

‘They can be blown into Melbourne in very large numbers in summer periods,’ Mr Hinkley said.

But even if bushflies weren’t around, a few others probably would be – there are at least 7,000 species of fly in Australia.

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