by Janet Ossebaard, The Netherlands

On July 17th of this year (1998), I discovered a strange side-phenomenon of the crop circles in the Cher Hill Formation (Wiltshire, England): Dead flies.

Dead fly in the Cherhill Formation

The small, black flies were attached to the seed heads in a strange fashion: stuck with their tongues/snouts as if glued to the plants.

It seemed like they were consuming something at the moment the circle making energies struck. But not only that; they seemed to have died in shock. Their legs and wings were streched out; all they were attached with were their snouts.

But there was more. I also found other variants. Some flies seemed to have been exploded: body and limbs scattered all over the seed heads. It reminded me of the blown nodes: the expulsion cavities that are created when the energies strike the plants shortly but fiercely. Were these 'blown flies'?

Dead fly in tbe Cherhill Formation

Other flies seemed to be in perfect shape, but when I took a closer look they too turned out to be dead. And there were variants somewhere in between: those who were attached to the plants, drugged as they seemed, but who flew away after I carefully freed them from the seed heads. They first needed about ten minutes to recover, after which they took off.

Nobody had ever seen this before, me neither. For a while, it looked like a new lead, a new hint so to speak. Something that would give us new insights.

Were they flies killed in order to help us discover more? Quite necessary, I would say. After all, we don't get much further with our research, do we?

Dead flies in the Cherhill Formation
Cherhill Horse and Formation Arial Shot of of Cherhill formation

But then, a more perceptive 'croppy' - Ed Sherwood - told me he already saw dead flies on crop circles back in 1994; he just never reported them. So, nothing new after all. We had just never really looked well enough...

What a weird side-phenomenon: dead flies. I don't have a clue right now what to think of it. I sampled the entire formation (including of course the dead flies) and sent them to Dr. Levengood in the USA and to a British lab. Dr. Levengood is working on them right now, so hopefully we will get some answers at short notice.

Cher Hill Horse

But until then, some questions just won't leave my mind:

Sometimes I wonder when the phenomenon will give us some answers instead of more questions...

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