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hand holding an apple infested with apple maggot flies
Unreliable Narrative (Apple Maggot Fly)
acrylic on canvas
43" x 24" x 1.5"
2013

Europeans imported apples when they came to the new world, and a mutant member of a fly species that lays eggs on hawthorns decided that the apples smelled better. This led to a case of sympatric speciation that is used as a textbook illustration of one of the ways evolution works. Apples are also a potent biblical symbol in our culture, even though the fruit of the tree of knowledge was not an apple in the earliest known version. Perhaps our literary culture has evolved to prefer apples, too.