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"Brower, Andrew V - APHIS" <[log in to unmask]>
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Brower, Andrew V - APHIS
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:34:43 +0000
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Yeah, like a plague of locusts, or an infestation of entomologists.

I think people make these up for fun.


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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andy Deans
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:31 AM
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Subject: names for groups of insects

Anyone have a reputable source for terms that refer to groups of insects? lists these terms to refer to certain groups, but I'm ... skeptical:

loveliness of ladybugs
army of caterpillars
kaleidoscope of butterflies
intrusion of cockroaches
scourge of mosquitoes
business of flies
swarm of ants
clutter of spider
eclipse of moths

Mainly because their definitions of those words (loveliness, kaleidoscope, etc.) don't mention the putative entomological use.
Thankful for any help!


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