A keen eye and a passionate spirit can lead to amazing new discoveries. We studied these key pollinators, that have been much overlooked and were finally able to give it its very own name. These two long-tongued fly species can now be protected and appreciated on their own merits for the role they play in pollinating our beautiful Namaqualand flora.
Florent Grenier lying in a field of Lapeirousia fabricii waiting for long-tongued flies in Namaqualand ~ Photo by Florent Grenier
Prosoeca torquata about to visit Lapeirousia dolomitica ~ Photo by Florent Grenier
Prosoeca peringueyi at rest in the field ~ Photo by Florent Grenier
Male and female Prosoeca torquata mating ~ Photo by Florent Grenier
Prosoeca torquata visiting Lapeirousia silenoides ~ Photo by Timotheus van der Niet
Timotheus van der Niet is a lecturer at UKZN with a focus on the evolution of plants and their pollinators.