Thread subject: :: taxonomic faux pas

Posted by Christian Kehlmaier on 12-03-2010 14:32

Hi there

Ever tasted 100% pure Eristalis honey?

The following pictures speak for themselves. One makes me smile but the other lets me shake my head in agony. I am sure that there are plenty more examples out there so please feel free to add as many as you find. If mankind needs a proof why morphological species knowledge isn't all that unimportant here it is ...

Posted by Christian Kehlmaier on 12-03-2010 14:37

Ever been bitten by a tipulid?

The title of this brochure is "Fight against Malaria -- DDT has to be kept under control" published recently by the German Federal Environment Agency!

Edited by Christian Kehlmaier on 12-03-2010 15:01

Posted by Paul Beuk on 12-03-2010 14:46

Consulting knowledgable people is very difficult!

Posted by pwalter on 12-03-2010 15:19

Paul Beuk wrote:
Consulting knowledgable people is very difficult!

Especially when choosing the first picture from Google is so much easier :)

(To be honest, one may be easily fooled while searching for an adequate picture in WikimediaCommons, also)

Posted by pierred on 12-03-2010 21:51


On our French forum, one beekeeper told us that almost half of pictures printed in their professional newspapers pictured Eristalis

Posted by John Bratton on 15-03-2010 16:29

It has a long history: "Out of the strong came forth sweetness".

Posted by rvanderweele on 15-03-2010 17:23

EDIT Paul Beuk: Url made clickable, but I get this:

You don't have permission to access /2008/08/26/new-mosquito-virus-to-wipe-out-malaria/ on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Edited by Paul Beuk on 15-03-2010 22:28

Posted by Christian Kehlmaier on 08-10-2012 12:08

The following was found by Martin Hauser and Chris Raper and posted at the Diptera-group on FB. But it is simply too good not to be included here as well.

Edited by ChrisR on 08-10-2012 12:10

Posted by ChrisR on 08-10-2012 12:13

Thanks Christian - it looks like one of those usual "howlers" where a company uses an image and then replicates it across their products ... before they check whether it is actually a bee ;)

To be fair to them, it looks like the body is close to a bee ... it's just the wings that are all wrong ;)