June 19, 2013
Scientific animal names can be rather daunting. They look like an assembly of words and letters somebody put together to make it impossible for average people to say. Typically, the smaller the insect, the more difficult its name is to pronounce. But not always. Here's a list of funny, scientific names that are not only incredibly fun to say, but that you’re probably more likely to use than the common name.
This species is named after the 30’s cartoon character Betty Boop.
Research entomologist John Brown at the USDA has named a lot of species. So when he was assigned to this unexceptional, little, yellow-ish brown moth, he decided to run with his imagination. He wanted to create a name that looks very Latin and somber; however, when the scientific name is said out loud, it sounds hilarious. Though the name, when broken down, is composed of Latin words, they don’t make any sense once they are put together. This moth species is under the group of Tortricidae which Brown describes as “those small, ugly, little brown ones.”
Eubetia boop can be found in Costa Rica’s Racho Grande forest.