One man and his fly

Updated: Feb 25

Introducing my new best friend - Suillia tuberiperda.

Here’s the little fella! Sitting peacefully on a stick. Don’t reach for your fly swatter just yet, reach for your trusty truffle switch instead as this is no ordinary fly. It’s a special fly. It is a truffle fly! No, I promise you, I am not making this up. It is fairly common knowledge that dogs and pigs have been used for a very long time in order to track down these rare gastronomic prizes. However, very few are aware that even if you’ve left your pignuts and dog treats at home, you can still find what you are looking for. This fascinating insect, given the correct encouragement, can lead you right to the spot. Just two months ago, a few days before Christmas, this tiny critter gave me my first present of the holiday - a beautifully ripe black diamond.