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Binomial Nomenclature
The same insect, or other organism, may be known by a variety of names. Additionally, several entirely different insects may be called the same name. How are we to know exactly what we are talking about? It has become important that all organisms become named under a standard system.
Binomial Nomenclature
Insect species, like other organisms, have a first and last name. The first name is the genus (general name) and the second name is the species (specific name).
Examples
There are some species names you may already be familiar with. They include Tyrannasaurus rex, Homo sapien and Muscus domesticus.
(Species names are underlined or italicized.)
Binomial nomenclature is a convention that scientists adhere to, so that they can always know that they are talking about the same organism.


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