Matthew Cobb found this tortricid moth online at Null Hypothesis, a treasure trove of science arcana and humor. The beast is pretty unimpressive, no?
But there’s one cool thing about it: its name: Eubetia bigaulae. It’s pronounced “You betcha, by golly,” and was named by John Brown, an entomologist at the Smithsonian.
I always thought that scientists should use more imagination when naming species; it’s one of the rare bits of humor that can worm its way into the scientific literature. I’ve wished, for example that I could discover a species in a new genus that I could name Mutatis mutandis.
But Null Hypothesis also has a long list of funny but genuine species names, which include these, with the link to the details.
- Abra cadabra (a mollusc)
- Agra vation (a beetle)
- Apopyllus now (a spider)
- Oedipus complex (a salamander)
- Orsonwelles (a genus of Hawaiian spider including the species macbeth, falstaffius, and othello)
- Pieza kake (a Brazilian fly; genus also includes Pieza pi, Pieza rhea and Pieza dereistans)
- Pison eu (a wasp)
- Ytu brutus (a water beetle).
Know any other good ones?