from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A green aphid commonly occurring as a destructive pest of various cultivated plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A green aphid that is a common pest of garden plants, houseplants, and crops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bright-green fly, Musca chloris. E. D.—2. An aphid or plant-louse of various species: so called from the color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. greenish aphid; pest on garden and crop plants


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  • The story makes it seem more like the greenfly was a human creation, but here it's suggested as something much older made possible by getting rid of the Inhibitors but possibly that's a false theory.

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  • Unfortuantely for the makers, those of us who were around in the 80's can remember Mrs T. casually swatting Ken and the GLC aside much as one might squash a greenfly on a rose bush so that description doesn't hold any weight at all, does it ?


  • That is good to know about greenfly, it sounds like a dreaded pest.

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  • Hmm, nodded the others in agreement, as if they were on Gardeners Question Time and someone had just made a valid point about greenfly.

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  • Also, our garden seems to be the home for all the blackfly and greenfly in England, so the plants often get overwhelmed.

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  • I'm afraid I've never heard of blackfly or greenfly, but I do know that spraying soapy water on the plants is a good way to discourage pests.

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  • But if he really wanted to be ecologically sound he should introduce into the garden some fast breeding ladybirds - which eat greenfly by the thousand.

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  • I told him that he could take the easy way out and buy some greenfly killer from the garden centre.

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  • He and Mary have moved into a new bungalow on the farm and greenfly are playing havoc with Mary's roses.

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  • I found greenfly on the aubergines in the greenhouse --are there any homebrew organic solutions to these beasts?

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