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May 15, 2014 8:19 PM

lots and lots of tiny flies ?

We have been finding hundreds of these tiny flies dead in the house the last few days.  Never see them flying and hardly any alive.

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This was the best pic I could get they are so small - the white flecks are grains of salt.  The background is the wood grain of the kitchen table.

 

 

Any ideas please ?

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    May 15, 2014 8:45 PM (in response to we-have-flies)
    Re: lots and lots of tiny flies ?

    It's rather a blurry photo but I'm pretty sure this is an aphid. Have you any plants inside the house off which they might have come?

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        May 15, 2014 10:11 PM (in response to we-have-flies)
        Re: lots and lots of tiny flies ?

        If you could get a better photo it might be possible to narrow down the source (e.g. is it a tree aphid?). It can be useful to see the cornicles sticking out the back end of the aphid - if it has any. That's how good the photo would have to be.

         

        Without a better photo I can only suggest you search nearby trees and plants in the garden, although they may be dispersing from the winter host to the summer host.

         

        from what I can see I wondred if it was something like this -

        http://www.diptera.info/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=10826&pid=50600

        but I'm clutching at straws really

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        May 16, 2014 5:11 AM (in response to we-have-flies)
        Re: lots and lots of tiny flies ?

        Ah, you've added some photos to your last post. Right, the one on its own is definitely an aphid (so, it hasn't come out of your furniture) but I can't really get much further than that. It's not one of the big pine aphids that people report on here occasionally. From the overall shape, the black/white legs, and length of the cornicles maybe Aphis sambuci is a possibility - it lives on elder and I have some on an elder in my garden at present.

         

        But there may be other possibilities. Do all the insects look the same?

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