I’m jealous of amateur lepidopterists who have such poetic names for the species they learn! I get the practicality of a shared name in Latin and have no issue with learning these…but I really enjoy many common names as well, and feel they can build more public awareness for less charismatic species.
Some existing common names just seem so dull …or even misplaced.
e.g. This fly for example, is ascribed the name Yellow Flat-footed Fly … which given its size and it’s vivid orange hue, doesn’t seem particularly relevant ( or memorable )
Following a conversation on the UK Diptera Facebook group where someone mentioned its similarity to an apricot, I thought a better name might be The Flying Apricot. Reading the iNaturalist threads connected to common names though, I understand this would be frowned upon without external precedence. But so many species, especially in Diptera…simply have no precedence anyway it seems.
What’s the logic of not suggesting new names, for the poorly-named?.. Or if there is no precedence, as for so many inverts… is it ok to add a name? If not, why not?
Who has the right to create common names outside of iNaturalist and how is this right bestowed upon them?