Flies are everywhere. They're in our homes, beneath of the streets of our cities, and even in the frozen depths of lakes. There are some 17 million flies for each and every one of us on the planet and some 24 species that feed on wombat dung alone. And yet, despite their great number and great geographic spread, the world of the fly is relatively unknown.
Luckily, the fly has a wonderful champion in @ericamcalister, Senior Curator @nhmlondon who shines a light on these extraordinary creatures in her terrific book, The Secret Life of Flies. The book takes readers from the archives of the Natural History Museum to mountains in Peru via drains and cow pats to introduce us to tipsy vinegar flies, bat flies swimming through the fur of their hosts and artic gall midges that can survive temperatures of below -62 degrees celsius.
With an enthusiasm and a wonderful knack for story-telling, McAlistair has crafted a book that is a delightful ramble through the world of flies.
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