Throughout history, animal species have been given names that just don’t seem to make any sense. Animals are named after places they aren’t even from, mammals named for foods they don’t even eat, or for vicious behavior they don’t even have. Yep, there are plenty of animals out there with strangely misleading names. Click through to check out some of them.
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1. Cape May Warbler.
You might think the Cape May Warbler is from Cape May, New Jersey, but you’d be wrong. The bird’s actual habitat is southeastern Canada, and parts of the midwest and Northeast of the United States, migrating to the West Indies in the winter. So what’s with the name? In 1831, father of American ornithology Alexander Wilson first spotted the species in Cape May, and wrongly assumed it was a native of the area. It took another century for a Cape May Warbler to actually be spotted in Cape May!
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Image Credit: William H. Majoros via Wikimedia Commons.
Known in the United States as Ladybugs, the ladybird is not, of course, a bird at all — and only half of them are ladies! The name has its roots in England, where it has been known historically as, “Our Lady’s Bird,” and was closely associated with the Virgin Mary.
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