The Inside Out of Flies

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.

  • paperback
  • 256 pp.
  • 195 x 130 mm
  • Over 80 colour illustrations
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