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.
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.
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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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