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The Inside Out of Flies

Erica McAlister



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CSIRO Publishing
01 September 2020
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.
By:   Erica McAlister
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   650g
ISBN:   9781486313808
ISBN 10:   1486313809
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Entomologist Erica McAlister is a senior curator of diptera at the Natural History Museum, London. Not just fascinated by studying and naming the little things, Erica has long been intrigued by how they do things, often inspired by the antics that she has observed in the field, both on far flung tropical islands and in her own 'island' garden in urban London. Erica has studied in Dominica, Australia and Costa Rica and her work with diptera has taken her all around the world. She is the author of the award-winning book The Secret Life of Flies.

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