The Secret Life of Flies - the exhibition catalogue from Natural History Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Secret Life of Flies

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A delightful ramble through the world of flies from the archives of the Natural History Museum to mountains in Peru via drains and cow pats.

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 Dr Erica McAlister, Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum in London who shines a light on these extraordinary creatures in her terrific book, the Secret Life of Flies. The book takes from the archives of the Natural History Museum to mountains in Peru via drains and cow pats to introduce us 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.

Combining her deep knowledge and love of flies with a wonderful knack for storytelling, Erica McAlister allows us to peer - amazed and captivated - into the secret life of flies. 

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  • Author: Erica McAlister
  • Paperback: 248 pages | 80 colour illustrations
  • Date published: April 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0565094751
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.2 cm

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