On the subject of butterflies
Most Scottish people have no idea that this popular butterfly has a name with possible ancient Arabic origins ... read on!
I am happy to have a garden of my own, and pay credit to my lovely wife for planting this climbing hydrangea all those years ago, that brings birds and bees galore to our home.
The name "Admiral" is interesting: it stems from the Arabic word : "Emir" (“commander,” or “prince”), in the Muslim Middle East, a military commander, governor of a province, or a high military official. The word entered English in 1593, from the French émir.. in Arabic "أَمير" .
Are you surprised that a Scottish Butterfly has a name with possible Arabic origins?
(by the way, I am fully aware that another working hypothesis is that the original name was Red Admirable, and that the linguistic controversy continues, haha)!