[CT Birds] Winter Wrens

Hank Golet htg1523 at att.net
Sat Jul 3 15:54:32 EDT 2010

Steve and Jim
  OK, very interesting.  So where does a leafwing butterfly in the 
Nymphalidae family, which ranges in the West Indies, and I have seen in 
Puerto Rico, come up with the scientific name of  Anaea Troglodyta and 
common name "The Troglodyte" fit in?
  When I was doing a butterfly survey about 15 years ago as a volunteer at 
the USFWS refuge on the small island of Culebra, Puerto Rico I was using a" 
A Field Guide to the Butterflies of the West Indies" by Norman D Riley" 1975 
and this where the info comes from.

Hank Golet
Old Lyme
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From: <james.bair at snet.net>
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Winter Wrens

> Dear Steve:
> You wrote:
> I had a Winter Wren just a few steps to the west of Nettleton's Ravine in 
> the spicebush/skunk cabage/hemlocks.? There was another Troglodytes 
> troglodytes (I love that Old World Name - 'Reminds me of the HG Wells 
> classic, The Time Machine) further down the ravine in the hemlocks to the 
> west.?
> Yeah, Troglodytes troglodytes is normally the only wren species found in 
> Europe. In England it is just called Wren.  (The Dutch name Winterkoning 
> means "winter king." I guess in North America we put the Dutch and English 
> together. In some European languages "king" birds are wrens.) Winter Wrens 
> usually nest in some kind of natural cavity, not so much a hole or tree 
> cavity like the House Wren, a mass of roots, a crevice, or the like. Their 
> nest is constructed with a entance hole on the side, so it does look like 
> a little cave. "Troglodyte" has come to mean "cave dweller," literally 
> "hole enterer." The Morlocks in Wells' "The Time Machine" were the 
> troglodytes, the underground "cave dwellers" of the future. Also the 
> Troggs, the band that recorded the 60's hit "Wild Thing," got their name 
> from shortening troglodyte. I guess wild things would live in caves--the 
> music and lyrics of the song were both pretty primitive.
> Jim Bair
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