CANCELLED: The Inside Out of Flies and Why It Matters

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
02074344479 ext 211

CANCELLED: LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 1 April 2020

Erica and Laphria
© Erica McAlister

Unfortunately due to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the decision has been made to cancel this event. We apologies for any inconvenience and do hope to reschedule in the future. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates.

This presentation explores the biology of the Flies, arguably the most distrusted creatures on the planet by the public, but some of the most important creatures in understanding us and the world around us. In this lecture, Erica hopes to highlight not only their ecological importance, e.g. in pollination and decomposition, but also how their morphology has enabled them to be some of the most vital species for these processes. From their elongated mouthparts, to their ability to hover, and their amazing adaptability to new or novel habitats, flies dominate the planet and are essential but neglected part of it.

Dr Erica McAlister FLS FRES has been working at the Natural History Museum, London for over 15 years, working on Flies and Fleas. She specialises in Lower Brachyceran flies, mosquitoes and fungus gnats and carries out taxonomic, biodiversity and vector research on these groups. In 2018, she was awarded the ZSL Clarivate Analytics Award for Communicating Zoology for her book ‘The Secret Life of Flies’.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.