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taxonomic faux pas
Christian Kehlmaier
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Posted on 12-03-2010 13:32
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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 ...
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Posted on 12-03-2010 13:37
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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!
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Edited by Christian Kehlmaier on 12-03-2010 14:01
Paul Beuk
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Posted on 12-03-2010 13:46
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Consulting knowledgable people is very difficult!

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Posted on 12-03-2010 14:19
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Paul Beuk wrote:
Consulting knowledgable people is very difficult!

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

(To be honest, one may be easily fooled while searching for an adequate picture in WikimediaCommons, also)
Walter Pfliegler - Amateur Nature Photographer from Hungary (and molecular biologist)
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On our French forum, one beekeeper told us that almost half of pictures printed in their professional newspapers pictured Eristalis
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It has a long history: "Out of the strong came forth sweetness".
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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 21:28
ruud van der weele
Christian Kehlmaier
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Posted on 08-10-2012 11:08
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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 11:10
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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 Wink

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