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The Inside Out of Flies

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By: Erica McAlister(Author)
256 pages, 80+ colour & b/w photos
NHBS
Following her popular book The Secret Life of Flies, Erica McAlister provides an engrossing pop-science guide to the anatomy of flies.
The Inside Out of Flies
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  • The Inside Out of Flies ISBN: 9780565094898 Hardback May 2020 Available for pre-order : Due May 2020
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The Inside Out of Flies is a look under the bonnet at the astonishing mechanics of fly anatomy. Erica McAlister reveals the engineering miracles embodied in each species of fly and some of the fascinating implications they hold for human technology.

Discover the physics of the mysterious 'scuba diving fly', marvel at the venomous horsefly larvae which prey on frogs, and glimpse the golden ratio in these creatures' spiral flight patterns. McAlister touches on the emerging field of biomimetics – the study of evolutionary adaptations to devise new technology – and anticipates everything from medical needles based on the mosquito's proboscis to hearing aids inspired by Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with ears on its thorax.

At every juncture she uncovers unique and surprising science lessons encapsulated in the form and function of the humble fly.

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Biography

Erica McAlister is Curator of Diptera at the Natural History Museum, London. She has studied in France, Australia and Costa Rica and her work with diptera has taken her all around the world. She presented the popular BBC Radio 4 series Who’s the Pest? and has previously authored The Secret Life of Flies.

Popular Science Coming Soon SPECIAL OFFER
By: Erica McAlister(Author)
256 pages, 80+ colour & b/w photos
NHBS
Following her popular book The Secret Life of Flies, Erica McAlister provides an engrossing pop-science guide to the anatomy of flies.
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