Bill Gates' flower fly

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Bill Gates' flower fly
Eristalis gatesi.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Eristalis
Species: E. gatesi
Binomial name
Eristalis gatesi
Thompson, 1997

Bill Gates' flower fly (Eristalis gatesi) is a flower fly found only in Costa Rican high montane cloud forests and named after Bill Gates.[1] Another fly found in similar habitats was named after Gates' associate Paul Allen, called Paul Allen's flower fly (Eristalis alleni); according to Chris Thompson, the describer of these species, both names were in "recognition of [their] great contributions to the science of Dipterology".[2][3]

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  1. ^ "Bill Gates' Flower Fly". Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Paul Allen's Flower Fly". Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  3. ^ Thompson, F. Christian (1997). "Revision of the Eristalis flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) of the Americas south of the United States." (PDF). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. Washington D.C.: Entomological Society of Washington. 99: 209–237. ISSN 0013-8797. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.