In my post “What should I name this beetle?”, I discussed a pretty, spotted beetle species that lives in the Sierra Nevadas of California and which lacks a name.
I’ve recently been in discussion with Don Cameron, an arachnologist and friend of my brother Wayne. Don is a scholar of Greek and Latin, and has been tremendously helpful in my search for a name. Here are the options he suggested that I like the best:
Bembidion oreoastron, from the Greek “oreos” (= “mountain”, genitive singular) and “astron” (= “star”, neuter noun). Thus, oreoastron is “mountain star”.
Bembidion orolampron, from the Greek “oros” (=”mountain”, nominative neuter), and lampron (= “gleaming”). Thus, orolampron is “mountain gleaming”.
I’m strongly leaning toward Bembidion oreoastron. I’ll sleep on it a few days, and decide.
What do you folks think?