The Inside Out Of Flies

Natural History Live by Erica McAlister on behalf of the British Entomological & Natural History Society

Flies are some of the most ignored insects, even among entomologists. Erica hopes to dispel some of the myths that surround these marvellous beasts and give some insight into how they have managed become the explorers, the medics, the recyclers, the farmers to name but a few of their professions.

The British Entomological & Natural History Society (BENHS) have teamed up with the FSC to deliver a series of entomology-focused Natural History Live events. These events are free online natural history talks, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a BENHS guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up to the FSC BioLinks newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities here.

Tutor: Erica McAlister

Senior Curator of Flies and Fleas at the NHM, London. Erica has been working with flies for over 15 years, playing in the collection, conducting fieldwork, and undertaking research. Erica is also the author of both 'The Secret Life of Flies' and 'The Inside Out of Flies'.


The FSC BioLinks project is part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the FSC BioLinks project, you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees go contribute financially to FSC BioLinks project work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

Attendee (Online) - select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5 (all donated fees go towards supporting the FSC BioLinks project activities)

Attendee Discounted (Online) - select if you would like to attend at no cost

Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC BioLinks project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC BioLinks project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here:
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: