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What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose Chafer, by Any Other Word Would Smell as Sweet

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
Date
Jun 25, 2024   2:00  
Speaker
May Berenbaum
Contact
Center for Advanced Study
E-Mail
cas@cas.illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6729
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Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

Long before the mid-18th century, when Carl von Linné developed his binomial (two-part) system of scientific nomenclature for all known animals and plants, a binomial system of vernacular, or common names, was already in widespread use and remains in use today. For many reasons, among which are their tremendous diversity, their often obscure or unknown biology, and their high levels of endemism, naming insects presents a unique challenge to scientific and lay communities alike. These challenges are the focus today of intense discussions about what should or shouldn't be in a name (with apologies to Shakespeare).

About the speaker
May Berenbaum website
CAS Director and Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois

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