[leps-talk] 2 interesting butterfly papers

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Tue Mar 26 09:48:18 EST 2002

Thank you for your delightful insight into the proper names. Of course
Diana must refer to just one girl (or perhaps THE GODDESS) while lorquin
could refer to any one of the lorquins (Admiral Lorquin, perhaps).  As
you have guessed from my previous posts I think that each species ought
to be considered a proper noun and therefore capitalized.  It always
seems so silly to see something like " several species of butterflies
including  red admiral, Lorquin's admiral, viceroy, ....." when the word
Lorquin is no more (and indeed much less) of an adjective than "red".

Is  little wood satyr:

	a) a species of butterfly
	b) a small Wood Satyr
	c) a small wooden statue of a mythical creature
	d) who knows
	e) all of the above

Mike Gochfeld

Anne Kilmer: 
> Michael Gochfeld wrote:
> > I just got emailed the contents of what I presume is the latest issue of
> > Ecological Entomology. vol 27 (1) for :2002 and found two butterfly titles which
> > sounded of general interest.  I haven't seen the papers yet.  MG
> >
> >
> >
> >  Mating behaviour and light conditions cause seasonal changes in the dispersal
> > pattern of  the satyrine butterfly Lethe Diana
> > by Ide, JY PG: 33-40
> >
> >  Evaluating a putative mimetic relationship between two butterflies, Adelpha
> > bredowii and Limenitis lorquini
> > by Prudic, KL; Shapiro, AM; Clayton, NS PG: 68-75
> >
> > PS: Of nomenclatorial interest I noted the capitalization of "Diana" which is I
> > believe archaic and not-to-code (It can't be just a copyeditors bad judgement in
> > the contents or that would have affected the names in the second paper as
> > well).   MG
> >
> >
> Speaking as a copy editor, I'm betting you're wrong, wrong, wrong. (We
> copy editors just love to say that.)
> Diana is a girl's name. Spellcheck picked it up and fixed it, and the
> copy editor failed to notice and shudder away from this egregious error.
> Spellcheck would have had no problem with the other names, save only the
> gentle query as to whether they should exist at all.
> There is an insane half-logic in its suggestions, and the occasional
> obscenity makes it all worthwhile.
> The creators get extra credit, in my opinion, for getting putative and
> mimetic into the same sentence. These are both very nice words indeed.
> Americans, by the way, are not allowed to spell judgment with that
> middle e, fond though I am of it. You have been reading British murder
> mysteries again, Mike.
> Cheers
> Anne Kilmer


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