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With strange protrusions from their head and equally bizarre behaviour, stalk-eyed flies have earned a special place in Dr Erica McAlister's heart.
In this blog post, Dr McAlister tells us about fly-on-fly boxing matches, one of her favourite fieldwork moments and the stalk-eyed specimens she cares for as Collections Manager for the Diptera collection.
Oh, and you'll find out why it benefits the flies to have such unwieldy eyes.