Shoo Fly!

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

One pair of flies can pro­duce more than one mil­lion off­spring in a mat­ter of weeks. It’s no won­der, then, that flies plague ev­ery part of the world ex­cept the po­lar ice caps. In North Amer­ica alone there are more than 16,000 species, the com­mon fac­tor be­ing they all have two wings. This means flies must land of­ten, read­ily spread­ing dis­ease as they move quickly from rot­ten garbage to ex­posed hu­man food and eat­ing uten­sils. Whether you’re in­trigued or dis­gusted by th­ese lit­tle in­sects, the Fliegen ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­seum für Naturkunde Ber­lin (p. 40), show­ing un­til 15 Jan­uary, is sure to fas­ci­nate. A visit will also bring you face to face with the world’s largest di­nosaur skele­ton, a wet col­lec­tion with around one mil­lion zoo­log­i­cal ob­jects pre­served in ethanol, a dis­play of more than 1000 dif­fer­ent min­er­als, and an im­pres­sive so­lar sys­tem pre­sen­ta­tion – en­ter­tain­ment for the kids and the grownups.

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