Derek A. Woller, Ph.D.
USDA Supervisory Entomologist, Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Management Team
Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.
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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 naucoridsA cataclysm of naucorids
A anhilation of naucoridsA nirvana of naucoridsA jihad of naucoridsA hurt of naucoridsA nemesis of naucorids
On Apr 22, 2020, at 10:57 AM, Merrill Peterson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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 A. Peterson
Western Washington Univ.
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Subject: Re: names for groups of insectsCrows 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.
Just realized Wikipedia (of course) has a list of collective nouns: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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Subject: RE: names for groups of insects
Yeah, like a plague of locusts, or an infestation of entomologists.
I think people make these up for fun.
Andrew Brower, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, National Identification Services (NIS)
USDA APHIS PPQ Plant Health Programs
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Subject: names for groups of insects
Anyone have a reputable source for terms that refer to groups of insects? Dictionary.com 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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