There Is So Much You Don’t Know About Being a Fly

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By Rebecca Giggs

The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects
By Jonathan Balcombe

To the thinkers of antiquity, a fly’s life had cryptic origins. With scant knowledge of how flies metamorphize from larvae into adults, some classical philosophers reasoned that the insects emerged through “spontaneous generation” out of fires, rotted meat, mucilage and other organic refuse; life springing forth from nonliving matter.

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