I’m pretty sure I saw that same TV ad here in the U.S., with the two talking crows. I suppose the ad was for paint, but I was so distracted by the bird species they used that I didn’t pay attention to the product being advertised.
I’m amazed to find out it is a real organism - thought it was a construct.
Clearly, the paint ad did it’s job as it seems well remembered. I recall a similar ad for Windex cleaner, also. It seems an arresting, charismatic creature is an effective marketing strategy.
Yup, don’t know the genus, you should be right, but it’s a bombyliid for sure.)
there is even one on the distribution map ‘near’ me (Montagu and Anysberg)
I met some cuties last year too! There’re also similar-looking families, e.g. Nemestrinidae, though they’re not that fluffy.
what big eyes you have!
If you can definitively tell a domestic dog track from a jackal track, you are more skilled than most wildlife biologists.
Now I’m curious as to whether the GEICO gecko can be IDed to species…
You don’t adopt adults… It should be a larva? ;)
In this case they better adopt dults, so they can count their wings to see if it’s a bee at all!
lol, a kinda ugly duckling story… “wait, you’re not a bee…”
Believe it or not, its actually not that hard at all, particularly if you have a size reference. The major thing to look out for is the degree of lobing in the toes and the shape of the X pattern through the toes
I’m still very much an amateur in tracking
We have a version of those cute little bee flies here in NE Ohio. At least “bee” is in the name.
I believe it’s a bipedal subspecies of Phelsuma laticauda. But I’m not a gecko expert.