Rights to Name a New Species of Moth Sold on Ebay
Eric H. Metzler, an entomologist who just discovered a new species of moth, decided to give up his honor of naming the critter in favor of giving back to the Western National Parks Association. An auction to name the species began on Ebay last Saturday and ends October 23rd, from which the proceeds will go to the WNPA. Metzler discovered the moth at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The moth is only about an inch in length and weighs in at less than an ounce.
This is not the first time the rights to name a new species have been auctioned off. Nova Southeastern University auctioned off the right to name a new species of sea lily last year to help improve their Oceanographic Center. They ended up making a whopping $6,150.
He lucky winner of this auction will get to work with Metzler to Latinize the name they choose, and go through the process of getting approval for it from an international organization. Fearing that the moth is a less appealing creature than the sea lily, the organization holding the auction sent people reminders that moths are butterflies without the bright colors that fly at night. The group hopes to break some of the stigma against moths.
Would you like the chance to name your own species? What do you think of moths?