This species was named after Bill Gates in recognition of his great contributions to the science of Dipterology. Bill's fly is only found in the high montane cloud forests of Costa Rica, reads a text fragment explaining the association between Bill Gates' name and an insect in Costa Rica.
Not many details are available about Eristalis gatesi, or the Bill Gates Flower Fly, as this is more an item of novelty because of the label than anything else. However, on the Diptera website, courtesy of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, the Department of Systematic Biology, Gates' Flower Fly is accompanied by Paul Allen's Flower Fly, Eristalis alleni. In this manner, both Microsoft co-founders can pride themselves with insects bearing their names.