Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Weevil party at the nearest daisy, pass it on...

I think these weevils are in the tribe Madopterini. Though I might just be leaning towards that conclusion since I like the name so much.

I wasn't even aware that there were such things as tribes, taxonomically speaking, until I started trying to look up bugs. Just as species can be further divided into subspecies, families are sometimes further divided into subfamily, tribe, and subtribe.

Madopterini: More likely to march on Rome, or to perform straightjacket escapes while upside down and underwater?

All zoological tribes end in -ini, apparently. (I would not have been able to resist naming several of them after Italian operatic composers.)


A professor at the University of Florida has a nice series of pages about writing scientific papers. They include sections on species name formation, Greek and Latin words adopted into English, pronunciation of scientific names, and several other interesting topics.


robin andrea said...

I like the idea of tribes. I wish humans could be divided into tribes. Oh wait, maybe that's what we do anyway, but without names. Great links.

countrypeapie said...

I love saying Madopterini out loud. And subtribe would make a great band name.

Gail said...

Are they a good tribe or do we need to blast them with a stream of water!

I love looking at research like that, too, Rurality! gail

Floridacracker said...

Looks like the Durante tribe to me. What a cool shot though!

Ericka said...

:-) i like the way you think.

Rurality said...

Robin, you are probably right!

Meg, I do too! "The Flying Madopterini Brothers" would be such a good name for a comic band of jugglers, don't you think?

Gail, I don't think there are a lot of *good* weevils, but these at least have confined themselves to the more wild areas of the property. I haven't seen them in the garden.

FC, heh, yeah they definitely have some large snouts!

Ericka, thanks, most people just call it weird. :)

Pamela said...

here to BUG you


Rurality said...

LOL, PamelaINI!