What's in a Name - Part Two

I don't know if its just a British thing, but there seems to be a section of the scientific community that delights in giving creatures slightly dodgy common names...

Sitting at work tonight trying to study, install some software and chat to the family all at the same time (who says guys can't multi-task?!), I suddenly found myself under attack by something that looked to be about the size of my fist!

HUGE thing it was, all fur and wings and buzzing, bouncing around the office like a lottery ball on a mission.

Thanks to one of my colleagues being unable to stop popping, there was a Pringles tube at hand to catch the wee beast ... and his mate that came in 10 minutes later.

And what was the common name given to this leaf-muncher?

Cockchafer.

Go figure.

Comments

Cath said…
Ooo no, I can't be doing with things that fly! Or things that crawl....except babies, but i spose you can count them if they also scream!
Odd Thomas said…
I'm afraid I'm not very blokey when it comes to insects. If they crawl slowly and don't fly, its not so bad, but when they run or fly at me I get goosebumps and a need to run away very quickly!

I once had a huge spider in my house that ran at me til I shouted in shock, and it literally skidded to a halt! I had to put a jug over it to catch it cos I didn't have a jar big enough!!

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