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- n. Plural form of greenfly.
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A cloud of beetles and greenflies and a stench of rats rose into my face.
She is referring to former state president P W Botha's darlings of the 1980, auxillary policemen popularly known at the time in black townships as "kitskonstabels" or "greenflies".
Experts say the outbreaks of greenflies as well as blackflies have been caused by the cold winter which killed off high numbers of their predators and the unseasonably warm spring, which allowed the pests to breed uncontrollably.
There were literally thousands of tiny insects, similar to greenflies, everywhere we looked.