Why Common Names Are Essential For Bee Conservation

“Scientific names are the ultimate names to use for precision when talking about species and are essential for science. But that does not mean that common names do not still have immense value. It would be great if everyone knew the scientific names of all sorts of bee groups and species, and that hearing them and saying them was commonplace.
But it is unrealistic and unnecessary to expect everyone, especially non-specialists, to learn all scientific names and speak taxonomic language.”

Two gorgeous Xylocopa (Koptortosoma) (Tobias Smith)

Read more of Tobias Smith’s thinking about common names for bees here. https://ecologyisnotadirtyword.com/2020/10/08/why-common-names-are-essential-for-bee-conservation/

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