'The Etymology of Entomology', our first documentary for BBC Radio 4, will be broadcast next Saturday, 9 March at 10.30am.
In this programme zoologist Dr. George McGavin delves into the strange, and often bizarre, names given to insects.
There are flies named Pieza kake (piece of cake) and S. beyonceae after the singer; beetles with political connections - A. hitleri, A. Bushi, A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi; even entomologists who name discoveries after romantic conquests.
George takes us into the complex and intriguing world of the taxonomist. From the 18th century father of modern taxonomy Carl Linnaeus, to the present day, he explains why naming the things that surround us is the foundation of all science.
Produced by Folded Wing’s Andrea Rangecroft, this is one not to be missed!
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