The secret life of flies

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 17th Apr 2018

The NHM curating team looks after a collection of four million flies. Author, and explorer Dr McAlister's natural enthusiasm, deep knowledge and ability to tell a good story will introduce us to flies without wings, eyes on stalks, extraordinarily able brains and rotating genitalia. Flies may never appear to us the same again!

Dr Erica McAlister is a scientist and museum curator. She is an expert in insects and is Senior Curator of Diptera and Siphonaptera, in the Department of Entomology, at the Natural History Museum in London.

She appeared on the BBC Radio 4 series Natural History Heroes in 2015 talking about entomologist George Verrall and on the Science Friday radio show in December 2017.
She has also appeared on the TV programmes University Challenge and the Museum of Life.

In 'The Secret Life of Flies' book, Dr McAlister gets under the wings of these crucial creatures as she adventures into the land of the fly. From hungry herbivores and precocious pollinators to robber flies, dance flies and the much maligned mosquito, she describes the different types of fly, their unique and often unusual characteristics, and the unpredictable nature of their daily life. Erica travels from the drawers of wonder at the Natural History Museum, London to the mountains of Peru, via underground caves, smelly latrines and the English country garden. She discovers flies without wings, eyes on stalks, rotating genitalia and the terrible hairy fly, while pausing along the way to consider today's key issues of conservation, taxonomy, forensic entomology and climate change.

Combining her deep knowledge and love of flies with a wonderful knack for storytelling, Dr Erica McAlister will have you amazed and captivated by the secret life of flies.

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Europe/London The secret life of flies Get under the wings of these crucial creatures and adventure into the land of the fly. Imperial College London,Main Entrance,Exhibition Road,London

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