In this interview, biologist and animal advocate Dr. Balcombe helps us appreciate an ecologically beneficial group of animals who are buzzing all around us but whom we mostly ignore, malign, or swat away -- flies -- the topic of his new book “Superfly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects" (Penguin Press, 2021). For this "In Tune to Nature" show, host Carrie Freeman asks Dr. Balcombe to focus on the vital role of flies as pollinators of flowers and food crops (including chocolate!), and as waste disposers, composters, and recyclers (they literally clean up everyone's sh*t) so that we better appreciate them and don't just view them as "pests" (from fruit flies, to house flies, to blow flies, even to mosquitos and midges). We end with ways to protect the important insect population in decline by avoiding insecticide poisons.
Learn more about award winning author Dr. Balcombe and his efforts to protect animals and help us understand animal sentience at www.jonathan-balcombe.com
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