https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/68918-Poecilanthrax-lucifer This little bugger from the bee fly family surprised me with the name it was given when I observed it for the first time recently. I suppose the original observer (Johan Christian Fabricius) either particularly disliked bees, flies, or perhaps both. And it’s the second devil-related name in this thread!
The Redhorse Sucker is pretty funny.
My friend just told me about Eremobates inyoanus; cue the Beavis and Butt-head laughter.
They could’ve used the epithet *inyoensis * but I suspect they had an ulterior motive. Theirs is funnier.
Johan Christian Fabricius would have had a Classical education and likely employed lucifer as a reference to the planet Venus or to mean something like “light-bringer”, not as a reference to Satan.
May I say employing Lucifer is a crazy thing.
On the other hand, there is the moth Copiopteryx jehovah. From what I’ve read, its name was controversial at the time.
Sure. But Jehovah is a 16th Century transliteration of the Hebrew word for God. It means only one thing. Lucifer is a Latin word with a number of related translations that have nothing to do with Satan. The Latin word is, for example, the root of the name for the group of enzymes luciferase, without which fireflies would have no fire.
A bee fly with Lucifer in its name is still going to raise the odd eyebrow, whatever the actual context Fabricius had in mind, Lucifer being Lucifer and all. I just think that Fabricius was using a Latin word in a Latin name.