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Proposed common names for 15 North American Bombus -- comment asap

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  • Weber, Don
    The Entomological Society of America has a Common Names of Insects Committee which designates official common names for insects occuring in North America.
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 14, 2012
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      The Entomological Society of America has a “Common Names of Insects Committee” which designates official common names for insects occuring in North America.  You are welcome to comment on the following, but note that the deadline is tomorrow.  See http://www.entsoc.org/proposed-common-names .  Each name has a link to the species-specific information provided by the proposer.

      (text from ESA electronic newsletter below)

      ESA members are also invited to comment on the following 15 proposed common names until March 15, 2012. For more information on each insect, click on the proposed common name. Please submit any comments by March 15, 2012 to Eric Rebek, the committee chair, at eric.rebek@....

      Proposed Common Name: white-shouldered bumble bee
      Scientific name: Bombus appositus Cresson 1878
      Order: Hymenoptera
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: high country bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus balteatus Dahlbom 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: California bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus californicus Smith 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: yellow head bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus flavifrons Cresson 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Franklin bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus franklini Frison 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Hunt bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus huntii Greene 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: black tail bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus melanopygus Nylander 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: fuzzy-horned bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus mixtus Cresson 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Morrison bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus morrisoni Cresson 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Nevada bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus nevadensis Cresson 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Sonoran bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus pensylvanicus subsp. sonorus Say 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Sitka bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus sitkensis Nylander 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: forest bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus sylvicola Kirby 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: van Dyke bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus vandykei Frison 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

      Proposed Common Name: Vosnesensky bumble bee 
      Scientific name: Bombus vosnesenskii Radoszkowski 
      Order: Hymenoptera 
      Family: Apidae

       





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    • Doug Yanega
      Some of these names are very odd, and directly in conflict with existing common names. Bombus franklini is known as Franklin s bumble bee, and that generates
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 14, 2012
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        Some of these names are very odd, and directly in conflict with
        existing common names. Bombus franklini is known as Franklin's bumble
        bee, and that generates over 40,000 google hits - no one has EVER
        referred to this species as "Franklin bumble bee" (zero hits).
        Likewise for morrisoni, huntii, vandykei, and vosenesenskii -
        patronymic common names almost invariably use an apostrophe. Some of
        the adjectival names are also awkwardly-constructed ("black tail"
        instead of "black-tailed", "yellow head" instead of "yellow-headed"),
        and inconsistent (since one of them is "fuzzy-horned" rather than
        "fuzzy horn").

        Also, if you check in popular and widely-used sources like Bugguide
        and Wikipedia, some of these species already have common names in
        use, that are different from those on the list (the most dramatic
        conflict is vosnesenskii, which is called the Yellow-faced bumble bee
        in both public resources, a name which is awfully similar to "yellow
        head bumble bee" which is proposed for flavifrons. I don;t understand
        why one would try to coin new common names for species that already
        have them, rather than trying to uphold the status quo.

        Given that the deadline for comments is *tomorrow*, I'm already
        writing a letter asking them to reject some of the suggested names,
        others might want to do the same.

        Peace,
        --

        Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
        Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
        phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
        http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html
        "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
        is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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