|Scientific name||Origin||English meaning|
|aur- (root word)||latin||gold|
|chrys- (root word)||greek||gold|
I wish I could include an example of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) but you don't get many of those in Uckfield. Instead, my first example is a tiny moth that, during the summer, I often find in the garden. Some people call it Small Gold and Purple and other, Mint Moth. This type of confusion is one of the reasons that recorders use scientific names.
|Small Purple and Gold (Pyrausta aurata), garden|
The next one isn't gold at all but I think that the name is referring to its shiny wing-cases.
|Rose Beetle (Cetonia aurata), garden|
Now turning to the plant word, the scientific name of Goldilocks buttercup is auricomus, which means golden-haired.
|Goldilocks (Ranunculus auricomus), Boothland Wood.|
Aurantiaca means orange-coloured. In autumn, I sometimes find light orange False Chanterelle fungi in Views (Williams) wood near Manor Park.
|False Chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) in View (Williams) Wood.|
Finally, auricollis means golden collared. The little pollinator in the photo below is a hoverfly. It doesn't sting but the gold and black rings deters predators by mimicking a bee or a wasp.
So, from now on, if I see aur in a scientific name, there is a reasonable chance that I have struck gold.
|Meliscaeva auricollis, garden.|