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Good stuff! My favorite creation is:

a horde of Mormon crickets (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.m.wikipedia.org_wiki_Mormon-5Fcricket&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=-lUMCZ4RK28H4qvcd3vmEBuyVJHHG0OpDzFenR9wX-A&m=vQ6SMpHMbTjZkSKCwDKgUV5Uyu09dHdY5AsvAEO81Bs&s=M-0p6nnAE2sJNgK6uwTiv7FIud4p47nGj71IhraGI7I&e= )
If you haven't had the pleasure of encountering a horde of these
mini-beasts it's quite incredible! I highly recommend it!

*Derek A. Woller*, Ph.D.

USDA Supervisory Entomologist, Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket
Management Team

Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.

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Check out my wife's neat Etsy store where you can buy all sorts of neat
vinyl decals, especially cool insect ones:
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On Wed, Apr 22, 2020, 9:08 AM Sites, Robert W. <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Over the years, I put a few thoughts on paper to describe groups of the
> naucorid bugs that I work on:
>
> A splendor of naucorids
> A terror of naucorids
> A cataclysm of naucorids
> A anhilation of naucorids
> A nirvana of naucorids
> A jihad of naucorids
> A hurt of naucorids
> A nemesis of naucorids
>
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> On Apr 22, 2020, at 10:57 AM, Merrill Peterson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I will add a few to this fun new list...
>
> An infiltration of lice
> A squadron of bombardier beetles
> A madness of no-see-ums
> A menace of hornets (this has special meaning given that I live in the
> area where Asian Giant Hornet has recently become established)
>
> -Merrill
>
> Merrill A. Peterson
> Western Washington Univ.
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> *From:* Entomological Collections Network Listserve <
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:28:19 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject:* Re: names for groups of insects
>
> Crows have the best. We need to come up with some more metal ones for
> insects. Maybe…
> A larceny of flies.
> An embezzlement of stinkbugs.
> An unlawful gathering of springtails.
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 22, 2020 7:34 AM
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>
> Just realized Wikipedia (of course) has a list of collective nouns:
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> The bird ones go back centuries, but the names for insect groups are
> clearly not formalized. "I think people make these up for fun." is probably
> the right way to describe these terms!
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> *From:* Brower, Andrew V - APHIS <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:34 AM
> *To:* Deans, Andrew Robert <[log in to unmask]>; [log in to unmask] <
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> *Subject:* RE: names for groups of insects
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> Yeah, like a plague of locusts, or an infestation of entomologists.
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> I think people make these up for fun.
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> AB
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> Anyone have a reputable source for terms that refer to groups of insects?
> Dictionary.com
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>  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
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> Mainly because their definitions of those words (loveliness, kaleidoscope,
> etc.) don't mention the putative entomological use.
> Thankful for any help!
> Andy
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