I recently went in search of a creature I’ve never seen before, with the delightful name of the “Grizzled Skipper”. To me, that conjures up images of Captain Birdseye, or maybe Captain Barbarosa in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. But no,the “Grizzled Skipper” is actually a small, dark-grey-to-black butterfly.
Now this butterfly is one of a family of Skippers, and it has a fairly rough-and-ready look, so I suppose that “Grizzled Skipper” could make sense in some ways, but it’s a tiny little thing, barely bigger than my thumbnail. It looks delicate enough to blow away in a light breeze. So here’s my plea to the people who name these things: can we at last get a name that makes you think of what you’re looking at?