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.
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- 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.
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.
Hmm, nodded the others in agreement, as if they were on Gardeners Question Time and someone had just made a valid point about greenfly.
Also, our garden seems to be the home for all the blackfly and greenfly in England, so the plants often get overwhelmed.
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.
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.
I told him that he could take the easy way out and buy some greenfly killer from the garden centre.
He and Mary have moved into a new bungalow on the farm and greenfly are playing havoc with Mary's roses.
I found greenfly on the aubergines in the greenhouse --are there any homebrew organic solutions to these beasts?