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What’s in a Name? Plenty!


What’s in a Name? Plenty!

Celebrate Your Name Week begins March 1 at Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans!


February 24, 2011                                                                                           New Orleans, LA

A wasp named after a rock concert (Lalapa lusa) is just one of dozens of interesting insect names in the spotlight at Audubon Insectarium beginning March 1. From the most simple to the bizarre and humorous, insect names can be descriptive or puzzling. While it’s pretty easy to figure out why we call it a “house” fly, and the zebra longwing butterfly is easy to spot, some other insect names can leave us scratching our heads.  Dorcus titanus? Macrochirus praetor? Do centipedes really have a hundred legs?  And is there any cooler name anywhere than White-eyed assassin bug?

Find out during Celebrate Your Name Week March 1 – March 6 at Audubon Insectarium.

While you’re visiting, give Audubon Insectarium your suggestion for the name of one of Audubon Insectarium’s tarantulas. She’s a gal who’s already several years old, so she really needs a name. The winning name will be announced March 12, at the Insectarium’s Save A Spider Day!

Take a break from the downtown parades in the cool comfort of Audubon Insectarium, located in the Custom House at 423 Canal Street in New Orleans. Open 10 – 5, Tuesday through Sunday.


View our Celebrate Your Name Week Photo Gallery on Flickr

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