Re: [beemonitoring] Proposed common names for 15 North American Bombus -- comment asap
- 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
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.
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)
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