Dr Bryan Lessard ‘Eyes on Flies: Why we should love flies and the wonderful things they do.’

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Thursday, 23 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Fly-o-diversity
Fly-o-diversity

Without flies there would be no chocolate! What native plant species rely on flies for pollination? Join Bryan, from Australian Biological Resources Study, as he talks about these misunderstood creatures and the essential services they provide free of charge.

Bryan is happy to sign copies of his new children’s book after the talk.

Abstract
When you think of flies, the bush fly might come to mind. But did you know that there are 30,000 different species of flies living in Australia? Without flies there would be no chocolate! What native plant species rely on flies for pollination? Could flies become the next superfood? Join Dr Bryan Lessard as he talks about these misunderstood creatures and the essential services they provide for us free of charge.

Biography
Dr Bryan Lessard, better known as “Bry the Fly Guy” is an award winning entomologist and author of the new children’s book Eyes on Flies. He has named 50 species of flies new to science and is focused on improving our understanding and appreciation for insects. When he isn’t at the microscope, Bryan is sharing his passion about biodiversity on radio, TV and on social media. Bryan currently works at the Australian Biological Resources Study at Parks Australia helping to champion taxonomy and Australian biodiversity.

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Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30 pm every Thursday from February to November.  Talks last for 1 hour.  We welcome a gold coins donation. The Friends use donations received at each talk to support Gardens’ programs and development and thank all those who have donated.  Please note: unless otherwise indicated, talks are in the ANBG Theatrette.

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