Fly Jokes

What has 4 wheels and flies?
What do bees call hover flies?
What is the favorite song of albino hover flies?
What has no wings, yet will fly?
Why did the maggot cross the road?
What is the first principle of fruit fly philosophy?

There is nothing like jokes and riddles to kick start a mind into thought. Jokes and riddles often depend on associations or use words with double meaning. Leaving the question open for a time may cause a reader to keep reading. There is nothing worse than an unanswered question banging around the inside of your head, unless it is that annoying jingle or political ad.

So, what has 4 wheels and flies? A garbage truck.
This joke only works if people know a little about fly biology. Flies are attracted to rotting food, often found in garbage trucks. Some people may have never seen flies buzzing around a garbage truck. In that case, the joke is lost on them.

What do bees call hover flies?
This joke really requires some inside knowledge. You have to know that hover flies are bee mimics. Then the riddle makes sense.
What do bees call hover flies?
Wannabees!!!

What is the favorite song of albino hover flies?
This gets even more inside and is only fully appreciated if you got the last joke and know a little about 1990s music videos.
The favorite song of albino hover flies is……….. “Pretty White for a Fly Guy”.

Of course, the name of the music video is, “Pretty Fly for a White Guy”. The chorus contains the line, “The world loves wannabees.”

What has no wings, yet will fly?
A maggot.
This joke is a past tense present tense setup. “…has… yet will…..” This riddle will always have an immature with a different name as an adult. The joke is a riff on “What looks like a cat, walks like a cat, yet is not a cat? A kitten.”

Why did the maggot cross the road?
To get to the dead chicken.
This riddle combines the biology of the blow fly (the maggots eat dead birds, including chickens) with the old standard, “Why did the chicken cross the road.” Forensic students, who have a morbid sense of humor anyway, really like this joke.

What is the first principle of fruit fly philosophy?
“Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.”

That may be my favorite Marx Brothers line, ever.

Hover fly. A “Wannabee!”

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to Fly Jokes

  1. Marvelous! I’ll have to try to remember these.

  2. Kurt says:

    LOL…excellent jokes..love them. Only got the first two right though:D

  3. Margie says:

    I have some photos of hoverflies. Who would have guessed there was a joke about them!

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