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Fairy Flies

April 15, 2014 By: Erin Block

A professor in England is getting attention as well as skepticism after claiming to have captured “fairies” on film. Amy Freeborn of The Natural History Museum takes a close look at the photos and some history, noting that classical depictions of fairies are strangely similar to chironomids: “These suspected fairies photographed by John Hyatt are in fact,” Freeborn writes, “most likely, midges.”