Insect names: Dictyla nassata, Codophila maculicollis...

By Anonymous, in 'Latin Names', Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Anonymous Guest


    I'm an amateur entomologist and I would like to know it anyone here can solved some of the latin names of bugs. i.e. Pentatomidae = pente(five) + tomos(a section) since antenna consist of 5 segments.

    Here some more "riddles" that I'll happy if anyone can solve :)

    Dictyla nassata
    Codophila maculicollis
    Chroantha ornatula
    Rhyparochromus saturnius
    Lethaeus fulvovarius
    Ischnopeza pallipes

    I well aware that some of the names has no latin meaning but if you recognize some of them I'll be happy.
  2. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

    • Civis Illustris
    Re: insects names

    I think you'd have to ask Linnaeus himself :D I'm afraid there are no biologists here. But maybe someone will give it a try.
  3. Bitmap Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Cygnea, Gena
    Re: insects names

    That's Greek to me
  4. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
    Re: insects names

    What can you tell us about these insects?

    Rhyparochromus saturnius
    I see that "rhyparia" (upsilon can be transliterated with u or y) is Greek for "dirt, filth."
    "chroma" usually means "color. " Again this is Greek."
    Is this a dirt-colored insect?
    saturnius - I'm guessing that the insect resembles the Roman god Saturn in some obscure way, or maybe it was discovered on a Saturday.

    Lethaeus fulvovarius
    lethaeus is Latin for "of Lethe (the underworld)"
    fulvus is "tawny, reddish yellow, yellow."

    varius is "various, or "variegated."
    Can this insect have yellow, or reddish-yellow streaks or splotches?

    Perhaps the Lethaeus just a reference to the fact that it lives in rotting leaves, hence the underworld. ... eidae.html

    I really don't want to venture a guess on the others right now. I scolded mattheus the other day about an essay he linked to -- it looked like it was written by a pastor who studied just enough Latin to be dangerous.
  5. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

    • Civis Illustris
    Re: insects names

    Here's my best attempt using Liddell & Scott. Greek words are in Greek characters (Latin transliteration in brackets); Latin words are in Roman characters. Those words with an asterisk are proposed neo-Latin compound adjectives, not actual attested words.

    Dictyla Nassata

    δίκτυον [dictyon] = net

    nassa = a narrow-necked basket for catching fish hence: trap, net, snare

    (perhaps: nassatus,-a,-um* "relating to a net" or "net-like".)

    Codophila Maculicollis

    κωδύα [codya] = head of a plant hence: bulb, bean, inflorescence, etc.
    φίλος,-η,-ον [philus,-a,-um] = dear, beloved; friendly, loving

    (perhaps: codophilus,-a,-um* "inflorescence-loving")

    macula = spot, mark
    collum = neck
    collis = hill, hillock

    (perhaps: maculicollis,-e* "spotted-necked")

    Chroantha Ornatula

    χρώς [chros] = skin; complexion
    χρῶσις = [chrosis] coloring, tinting
    ἄνθη [anthe/antha] = blossom, flower

    (perhaps: chroanthus,-a,-um* "flower-skinned" or "flower-colored")

    ornatus,-a,-um = adorned, decorated
    ornatulus,-a,-um (diminutive) = rather elegant

    Rhyparochromus Saturnius

    ῥυπαρός,-ή,-όν [rhyparus,-a,-um] = filthy, dirty
    χρῶμα [chroma] = complexion, color

    (perhaps: rhyparochromus,-a,-um* "filthy-colored")

    saturnius,-a,-um = of Saturn, saturnian

    Lethaeus Fulvovarius

    λήθαιος,-α,-ον [lethaeus,-a,-um] = causing forgetfulness; oblivious hence: (in Latin) relating to Lethe, of the underworld

    fulvus,-a,-um = tawny, yellowish brown
    varius,-a,-um = diversified, variegated

    (perhaps: fulvovarius,-a,-um* "multi-hued brownish")

    Ischnopeza Pallipes

    ἰσχνός,-ή,-όν [ischnus,-a,-um] = dry, withered; thin, lean, light; weak, feeble
    πεζός,-ή,-όν [pezus,-a,-um] = on foot, walking

    (perhaps: ischnopezus,-a,-um* "light-footed")

    pallidus,-a,-um = pale, wan, sallow
    pes = foot

    (perhaps: pallipes* "pale-footed")

    Edit: I'm a bit confused as to why some of the names are feminine in form and others are masculine, but I must admit I know absolutely nothing about biological nomenclature. Do you happen to have any idea why they're like that, scrabblehack?

    I did notice that with the binomial system the first name is always derived from Greek and the second name from Latin. Interesting.
  6. Anonymous Guest

    Re: insects names

    Thanks very much :p

    Dictyla has indeed a basket neck hood.
    Codophila can be found on flowers
    Chroantha Ornatula has a decorated look
    Lethaeus can be found under stones
    Ischnopeza has thin yellow legs

    The reason for the first name derived from Greek and the second from Latin could be time related. The first names are usally much olders since they describe the genus and the seconds are a species names usally described some years after.

    About the feminine masculine I have no idea? maybe derived from the family names? could you say which are the feminine and which masculine?
  7. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
    Re: insects names

    It is not generally true that the genus is Greek and the species is Latin.
    The good old-fashioned honeybee is Apis mellifera. The house fly is Musca domestica.
    These two were named by Linnaeus himself.

    Dictyla nassata - Puton 1874
    Codophila maculicollis - Dallas 1851
    Chroantha ornatula - Herrich-Schaeffer 1842 looks like the earliest cite.
    Rhyparochromus saturnius - Rossi 1790
    Lethaeus fulvovarius - Puton 1884
    Ischnopeza pallipes - Puton 1892

    -us is usually masculine and -a is usually feminine.
    collum = "neck" is neuter. The -is could just be an attempt to make an adjective "spotted-necked."
    collis = "hill" is masculine -- doesn't make quite so much sense.
    pes = "foot" is masculine.
  8. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

    • Civis Illustris
    Re: insects names

    Dictyla nassata (feminine)
    Codophila maculicollis (feminine)
    Chroantha ornatula (feminine)
    Rhyparochromus saturnius (masculine)
    Lethaeus fulvovarius (masculine)
    Ischnopeza pallipes (feminine)

    scrabblehack: though the noun pes "foot" is masculine, compound adjectives formed from it (like alipes "wing-footed") are treated as a third declension adjectives of one ending, so pallipes is feminine with ischnopeza.

    bugi: do you happen to have any photographs of these insects? It would be neat to actually see them. The only one I could find online was the Codophila Maculicollis, and oddly it doesn't seem to be spotted in the neck area at all (unless there are spots on the underside?), but more like striped. I found out that the Spotted-necked Otter is called Hydrictis Maculicollis, which appears to be far more sensibly named than the insect.
  9. Anonymous Guest

  10. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

    • Civis Illustris
    Re: insects names

    Thanks for the pics. Are all these insects native to your region? (Mediterranean, I'm guessing.)

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