sophofbread here. You may have seen my animal babies post and in that post I said I was going to do a post on animal groups – so here it is…
All animals have different names when in a group. Most people agree a group of humans is called a crowd. A lot of group names come from a few hundred years ago when people wanted to add mistery and wonder to their writing. For example: a murder of crows was first coined around the 15th century when it was written a murther of crows (murther was old english for murder). A lot of the names seem really weird and there seems to be no reasoning to them! However for some the funny connections seem apparent – a gulp of swallows, a flight of butterflies or a cackle of hyenas.
There are so many different animals and so many different names for their groups, I couldn’t possibly name them all (there are a lot of websites that do if you were interested). I’ve chosen to pick a few that I think sound interesting or amusing;
- A prickle of porcupines <—– ahh!
- An intrusion of cockroaches
- A smack of jellyfish
- An army of caterpillars
- A charm of finches
- A crash of rhinos
Thanks for reading and see you soon.