National History Museum

New temporary display, 2019 Year of the Fly, now open.

2019 was formally designated as international "Year of the Fly" at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia in November 2018.

“Year of the fly” is intended to educate the general public about the importance, diversity and splendour of flies and the roles they play in our lives and the environment.

Many people view flies as nuisance animals that carry disease and bring irritation, and the intention is to challenge that public perception by showcasing their other roles, such as being important pollinators, decomposers, predators and biological control agents of other pests.

Year of the fly is being celebrated worldwide with numerous museums and institutions running events to bring the fascinating world of flies to the forefront, revealing it to a much wider audience than just the scientific community.

We would like to invite the public to come and experience the world of flies at the National Museum’s temporary “Year of the fly” display, which will be running until September.

Burgert Muller

Senior Museum Scientist: Terrestrial Invertebrates