One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Angling. A fly with an orange body and black wings, used as bait; an artificial fly imitating this. Now rare.
2A fruit fly whose larvae infest oranges. rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Venables (d. 1687), parliamentarian army officer. From orange + fly.
orange fly/ˈɒrɪn(d)ʒ ˌflʌɪ/
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