by Jonathan Balcombe

From an expert in animal consciousness, a book that will turn the fly on the wall into the elephant in the room.


“After reading Super Fly, you will never take a fly for granted again. Thank you, Jonathan Balcombe, for reminding us of the infinite marvels of everyday creatures.” 
—Sy Montgomery, Author of How to Be a Good Creature

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.

Interview with the Author

The Book Review
The Lives of Flies
7/9/21          45 min

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York
Jonathan Balcombe on Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects
7/2/21        55 min

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