Model of a housefly, 1944.


Model of a housefly, 1944.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A photograph of Mr ED Eyles with a model of a housefly at a meeting of the Royal Entomological Society in Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London, taken by Nixon for the Daily Herald newspaper on 4 October, 1944. The model was created, using information from a slow-motion film, by Eyles of Kodak Research Laboratories, England. The film settled a debate amongst insect experts as to how flies landed on ceilings, by showing that they performed a 'half roll' on landing. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.

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© Daily Herald Archive / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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