Spring has sprung and the blow ins arrive

Well you know spring has arrived in Sydney when you’re walking down the street and you feel like you’ve stumbled on to the set of ‘Revenge of the Killer Moths’.

Well they’re not exactly killers but the Bogong plague is still a little disturbing when you’re walking around with a cloud of the things flapping around you. It doesn’t happen every year, it depends on the wind you see. As they migrate from the plains of Queensland to the Australian Alps in southern New South Wales a strong westerly wind can sweep them off course and into Sydney, so here they are again.

For some reason it seems to happen every year, they even made headlines during the 2000 Olympics. Those who are a little more adventurous can take advantage of the invasion to whip up some dinner.

I spent about 15 minutes Saturday morning catching around 10 of the little buggers from various nooks and crannies in my bedroom. I don’t mind them too much….it’s more when they flap out from behind curtains and crannies and fly straight at you that I start flapping my arms around and screaming like a girl.

Luckily it’s not as bad in my area as it is in the city, where they are drawn by the flourescent lights. The walls of some buildings in the city are literally covered in the things of an evening.

Thankfully it’ll all be over soon. They only hang around for a couple of weeks before realising they’re in the wrong place and flapping their way back towards the Alps.

Next on the list of plagues as the weather warms up….flies. Good job the blue skies and sunny days make it all worthwhile.

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