[Syrphidae] Longest Syrphidae tongue?
Francis.Gilbert at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Nov 23 08:59:41 GMT 2007
I don't think this was a hoverfly. It sounds like Megistorhynchus
longirostris from the Nemestrinidae, which visits long-corolla orchids
such as the genus Disa.
The longest proboscis of a hoverfly I think is Lycastris from the
Dr Francis Gilbert
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[mailto:syrphidae-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Bastiaan
Sent: 22 November 2007 22:40
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Subject: [Syrphidae] Longest Syrphidae tongue?
There reached an other interesting Syrphidae question my email box where
I can't answer right away. Somebody knows this by any change?
Here is the origional question:
Hope you don't mind me asking this rather unprofessional question ?
I have just been watching a programme ' The Life of Plants' by David
Attenborough & he was showing a Hoverfly feeding on Nectar from some
Iris's in S. Africa, apparently this particular Hoverfly has the
longest tongue of its kind but its name wasn't mentioned ?
Would you be able to tell me the name of this please as I could think of
nowhere else to try ???
Many thanks for your time in advance
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