Thread subject: :: chrysops nigribimbo

Posted by brian reily on 03-10-2006 20:42

does any one know what these things look like?

Posted by brian reily on 03-10-2006 20:45

it seems we had one in the collection but it got lost

Posted by Tony Irwin on 03-10-2006 22:54

As Whitney described this species in 1879, I think we may assume he wasn't using "bimbo" in a 20th century way. Literally the species name means "black child" in Latin/Italian but why he used that term for a Chrysops ...?
Of course, as a species it is best known for its funny name - a Google search using it will lead to many sites that specialise in funny species names - evidence that entomologists have an outstanding sense of humour! :)

Posted by Tony T on 14-02-2007 21:19

Answer here