Flies Save Lives



German tourist, Daniel Dudzisz, is walking across Australia. On February 17 he went missing initiating a search by authorities. Dudzisz is diabetic and took very little food. He had left the road and was walking cross-country when he was cut off by flooding of the Barcoo River. Ten days later he walked to the road and was collected by a passing motorist.

The Authorities were surprised that Dudzisz was in good heath and not starving. His secret? After he ate the baked beans and cereal he was carrying, he ate flies. The flies were thick and he did not need to pursue them. He captured them as they landed. The lesson:

You can never go hungry in the Australian outback because of the amount of flies you can eat for their protein.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired 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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