leps in French

llecerf at videotron.ca llecerf at videotron.ca
Wed May 17 22:34:56 EDT 2000

In article <l03130305b548969d89d2@[]>,
  ewilliam at hamilton.edu wrote:
> French-speaking LEPS-L folks,
> Two days ago I gave talks about leps to thirty-six 11- and 12-year
> from Paris who are staying in my town (upstate New York, USA) for 3
> of cultural exchange.  No, they didn't have to rely on my poor high
> French; the kids speak varying degrees of English, and several
> were with them to help translate.  Some questions arose, however,
from our
> conversations.
> 1. Are moths always referred to as "les papillons de nuit"?  That
> about some confusion when I said some papillons de nuit are active
> the day.
> 2. Is "chenille" a general term for any caterpillar, or are there
> additional terms?
> 3. What is the French word for pupa?  The kids all
understood "cocoon", but
> the teachers from Paris had no idea what a pupa is, while the American
> teachers of French (who've heard me before) know what a pupa is but
have no
> French word for it.
> 4. What is the French word for wing scales?
> Thanks (oops, I mean merci),
> Ernest Williams
Bonjour !
Yes "papillon de nuit" is the french translation of "moth". There is
another french term "mite" that is not use at large.
Caterpillar = chenille
And pupa may be translated by "chrysalide" or sometimes "pupe". There
is a confusion for non-entomologist people between cocoon (translated
in french as "cocon") and pupa.
For butterfly, the translation is "papillon" without specifying "de
jour" (day).

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