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Author Balcombe, Jonathan, 1959- author.

Title Super fly : the unexpected lives of the world's most successful insects / Jonathan Balcombe.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Books, [2021]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  595.77 BALCOMBE    Check Shelf
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 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - New Materials  595.77 BALCOMBE, JONATHAN    Check Shelf
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 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  595.77 BALCOMBE    DUE 02-03-22
 Middletown, Russell Library - NEW Adult Nonfiction  595.77 BAL    DUE 01-24-22
 New Britain, Main Library - New Materials  595.77 BAL    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  595.77 BALCOMBE    DUE 02-08-22
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Description xi, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-324) and index.
Contents pt. I. What flies are. God's favorites ; How flies work ; Are you awake? (Evidence for insect minds) -- pt. II. How flies live. Parasites and predators ; Blood-seekers ; Waste disposers and recyclers ; Botanists ; Lovers -- pt. III. Flies and humans. Heroes of heritability ; Vectors and pests ; Detectives and doctors ; Caring about flies.
Summary "For most of us, the only thing we know about flies is that they're annoying, and our usual reaction is to try to kill them. In Super Fly, the myth-busting biologist Jonathan Balcombe shows the order Diptera in all of its diversity, illustrating the essential role that flies play in every ecosystem in the world as pollinators, waste-disposers, predators, and food source; and how flies continue to reshape our understanding of evolution. Along the way, he reintroduces us to familiar foes like the fruit fly and mosquito, and gives us the chance to meet their lesser-known cousins like the Petroleum Fly (the only animal in the world that breeds in crude oil) and the Chocolate Midge (the sole pollinator of the Cacao tree). No matter your outlook on our tiny buzzing neighbors, Super Fly will change the way you look at flies forever. Jonathan Balcombe is the author of four books on animal sentience, including the New York Times bestselling What A Fish Knows, which was nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Science Writing. He has worked for years as a researcher and educator with the Humane Society to show us the consciousness of other creatures, and here he takes us to the farthest reaches of the animal kingdom"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Flies.
Flies -- Behavior.
Flies -- Adaptation.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General.
Flies. (OCoLC)fst00927282
Flies -- Behavior. (OCoLC)fst00927283
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General.
Other Form: Online version: Balcombe, Jonathan, Super fly New York : Penguin Books, 2020. 9780525506041 (DLC) 2020019490
ISBN 9780143134275 (trade paperback)
0143134272 (trade paperback)
9780525506041 (ebook)
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