Lake fly blow-out

Emerging from their larvae and taking to the air lake flies begin to swarm. Each cloud of flies rising above the lake may contain as many individuals as there are people on the planet, and every one of them is trying to find a mate. After mating they usually fall back to the water, lay their eggs and die, but sometimes it's a different story. Strong winds blow the flies away from the lake and on to dry land, where they fall to the ground in their millions. They may only be the size of a mosquito, but they are packed full of protein and make an easy feast for the mongoose mob. The flies that attracted to lodge lights form a carpet of dying insects which the mongoose family are more than happy to clean up in an all you can eat buffet opportunity.

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4 minutes


Role Contributor
Camera OperatorRalph Bower
Camera OperatorMark MacEwen
Camera OperatorJohn Waters
Camera OperatorLuke Barnett
Camera AssistantHelen Johnson
ConsultantDr Michael Cant
NarratorDexter Fletcher
Production ManagerJanelle Backes
Production ManagerAnna McGill
ProducerColin Jackson
Executive ProducerWendy Darke
Assistant ProducerLouise Emerson
ComposerWill Slater

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