Western Pest Services (div. )Commercial Division needed to make a bigger impact in its 10x10' trade show exhibit in several shows around the US. The result? With a model maker from the Museum of Natural History, we fashioned a giant fly that really created buzz about Western's fly management and eradication program for restaurants and other businesses.
Here are Senior Model Maker at the Museum of Natural History, Rebecca Meah's own words describing how she created the giant fly began, gathering images from the Internet and the library.

"Although I like to get my hands dirty right away, I am also aware of how important it is to gather all the information that I can before I get started. General morphology drawings are incredibly helpful in determining exactly what the relationship and arrangement of all the parts of the fly are, and an actual specimen is great not only for color referencing, but to get a better understanding of overall shape.

"The fly I created has a two foot wing span, so I used that number to figure out the dimensions of the rest of the body, the head and legs.

"The fly body and head were carved from bass wood, a hardwood that is incredibly durable and easy to carve. The legs, the mouth parts, and all the larger hairs were originally fabricated in clay, in order to have a mold made from them so they could be cast in hard thermoplastic. The smaller hairs found all over the head were made from monofilament. That was the most tedious part of the entire project, because each and every hair had to be drilled and glued into place!

"Finally, once all the parts were finished being cast or carved, they were all individually sprayed using an acrylic lacquer that containedf iridescent powders. This gave he fly that brilliant green metallic look that we know to be a green blow (bottle) fly, Phanecia sericata."

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