[Taxacom] Lupuli radicibus

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 10:05:04 CST 2016


As the insect was so obscure (other than to a few such as myself) I did not
think to mention it specifically, but the larva is a root borer so the
entry from Linnaeus makes sense as far as my interest is concerned. My
thanks to everyone for all the feedback. Much appreciated.

John Grehan

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 4:20 AM, Laurent Raty <l.raty at skynet.be> wrote:

> Unless I'm wrong about the source (but I doubt it -- Phalaena Lupuli Linn.
> 1758, Syst. Nat., 12th ed., 1:508 -- http://biodiversitylibrary.org
> /page/727419 ), it's an ablative plural (which you can't separate from
> dative plural out of context).
> The problem is that we were not given the entire phrase, which is "Habitat
> in Lupuli radicibus", meaning "It lives in Lupulus roots". The preposition
> "in" requires ablative where it indicates a simple position (i.e., no
> motion), as here.
>
> L -
>
>
> On 12/05/2016 08:23 AM, Torbjörn Tyler wrote:
>
>> It’s dative plural. I’m sorry, but I am not sure how that is best
>> expressed in English. I guess it could be ”to the roots” and ”from the
>> roots” as well…
>>
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dative_case
>>
>> / Torbjörn
>>
>
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