Super Fly by Jonathan Balcombe audiobook

Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Successful Insects

By Jonathan Balcombe

Penguin Audio
8.69 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593292013

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. 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.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A #1 Amazon bestseller

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. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Biologist Balcombe fascinates with this deep dive into the world of flies…[that] perfectly illustrates the complexity of the natural world.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Utterly fascinating, written with clear prose, a delightful sense of humor, and by a gifted naturalist and story teller.” Jane Goodall, animal activist, UN messenger of peace, and New York Times bestselling author
“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, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Jonathan Balcombe

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 8.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English