Butterfly species named after Sauron

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Butterfly species named after Lord of the Rings villain Sauron

Experts hit on the name Saurona because the black rings on the insect's orange wings reminded them of the all-seeing eye described in JRR Tolkien's books. Wouldn't expect scientists to have such a vivid imagination, TBH...

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They look more like the clustered eyes of a spider to me, especially turned upside down, when you also get the pale angled streaks as giant fangs.

Sheloba?

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The cynic in me thinks this is clickbait naming.
It is one way to raise the prominence of your little discovery written up in a minor journal.
 

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In Lyon there is a lorry company called Sauron.

"Right, one order of death, destruction, enslavement and evil. Loaded? Check. Paperwork in order? Check. Off you go..."
"Oh, and be careful - I hear that the Boss has got his eye on you..."
 

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Wouldn't expect scientists to have such a vivid imagination, TBH...


1. Depends on the scientist
2. It takes a vivid imagination to make connections that lead to progress.
3. Lots of creative folks like writers can also really struggle with names
 

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Aren't spiders also cop/cob - hence cobweb?
And having looked it up, coppe is 14th century and cob is 16th century.
 

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Bilbo taunted the Mirkwood spiders with
Lazy Lob and Crazy Cob
among other taunts
Attercop, Tomnoddy etc
I expect they all had some old reference.

Edit.
Oh sorry. HB has already pointed this one out.
 

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