THE SECRET LIFE OF FLIES
by Erica McAlister
2017, 248 pages, color photos and illustrations throughout. Enter a hidden world of snail killers, silly names and crazy sex lives in this highly engaging book. The author dispels many common misconceptions as she reveals how truly amazing, exotic and important these insects really are. From hungry herbivores and precocious pollinators to robber flies, dance flies and the much maligned mosquito, she describes many different types of diptera, their unique and often unusual characteristics, and the unpredictable nature of their daily life.
Following an interesting and informative introduction are chapters covering:
The immature ones
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. The book is generously and beautifully illustrated. Plastic-laminated hardcover; 5-1/2 x 8.
About the Author – Entomologist Erica McAlister is a curator of diptera at the Natural History Museum, London. Throughout her life, she has been interested in the little things – from her early fascination with decomposing cat spoils and their maggot fauna, to picking fleas off cats to study them jumping under a microscope. Erica has studied in France, Australia and Costa Rica and her work with diptera has taken her all around the world.
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