The Common Name Debate!

Kenn Kaufman kennk at
Fri Jun 8 11:51:47 EDT 2001

Leroy C. Koehn wrote:

>I got a good chuckel yesterday. I belong to a number of lep lists 
> and many listers post to several lists and copy to others. One 
> of the Butterfly Society's in the south has a serious dilemma. 
> They have gone beyond watching butterflies to watching Dragon 
> Flies, the problem they face, their are few common names 
> Drago Flies and they must either use scientific names or 
> creat common names. A common name committee is being 
> formed. Oh boy! 

-- Actually, there's already a well-established list of English 
names for North American dragonflies and damselflies, 
published by the Dragonfly Society of the Americas.  
The committee was started by Dennis Paulson and 
Sidney Dunkle, both professionals and collectors with 
years of experience, and the list already seems to be 
gaining wide acceptance.  You can access it on the web 

Kenn Kaufman
kennk at
Tucson, Arizona 


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