The Entomological Society of America is officially getting with the times.
The insect science group announced on Wednesday that the insects formally known as Aphaenogaster araneoides and Lymantria dispar will no longer be referred to as “gypsy ants” and “gypsy moths,” respectively. The word that appears in each insect’s “common” name is a racial slur for Romani people, and the ESA has decided that its use has no place in the modern world.
“The purpose of common names is to make communication easier between scientists and the public audiences they serve. By and large, ESA’s list of recognized insect common names succeeds in this regard, but names that are unwelcoming to marginalized communities run directly counter to that goal,” ESA President Michelle S. Smith, BC… Read More