"'Let the flies conquer the flypaper,' she said..."
-SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2012), Chapter Eight, p. 198.
Our old friends, the flies and the flypaper again. Increasingly, before posting about a word or phrase, I need to check whether I have already done so. See here. Both Stirling and Anderson quote Steinbeck. Please read the previous post, its link and comments.