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The world’s largest insect expert organization has removed the common names of the two insects (gypsy moth and gypsy moth) because they state the names are inappropriate and unpleasant.
The Entomological Society of America said it would comment on the new name of the moth Remantoria Disper And ants Aphaenogaster araneoides.
Many scientific groups follow their lead when referring to insect species.
“Words are important, what we call something is important, and by using the old name Remantoria Disper, It really hurt the Roma people, “says Chris Steldig, executive director of the organization.
Roma, or Rome, is Europe’s largest ethnic minority Face discrimination.. “Gypsy” is considered a derogatory term.
ESA maintains a database of over 2,000 common names and scientific names for insects. They are constantly changing it, says Stellzig, but usually for scientific reasons. Often, “new names better represent the actual state of nature these days.”
A name change was requested in 2020, and the ESA Steering Committee made a final decision in June to remove the name.The· Group announcement Wednesday change.
Records shared with NPR show that the ESA archive has used the term “gypsy moth” since at least 1908. And the ESA Board approved the term “gypsy ants” in 2006.
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Remantoria Dispar, The better known of the two insects is the North American invasive species, which scientists call continental forests a serious pest.According to it first came to the United States from Europe in 1869 USDA..
now L. Disper It can be found throughout the northeastern United States, along with parts of the Midwestern United States and several states in the southern United States. When they are in the larval stage of life, they eat more than 300 species of trees and shrubs. They defoliate trees and make them “vulnerable to disease and other pests and can eventually kill them,” USDA says.
According to ESA, in parts of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, L. Disper In decades.
Ants Aphaenogaster araneoides, Terry McGrin, a professor of biology at California State University Dominguez Hills, acknowledged his achievements in spreading the generic name “Gypsy Ali” from around 2000.
He wrote 2019 blog post Each ant colony has multiple nests, but only one nest at a time. “They are patriots that move from one place to another, and although they have several specific places to stay temporarily, they do not permanently occupy one place,” he said. He suggested “Gypsy Ali” and suggested it to ESA and said he went with him.
He regrets the decision and wrote in 2019: “It’s been clear for some time that we made the bad decision to use racist terms to describe ants, and we need to fix that.” On twitter on Wednesday, McGrin called the name change “great news.”
From now on, the organization says it will put together a volunteer group to propose a new name for the moth. L. Disper Get comments from members before going to the committee or board. Stelzig believes that insects may have a new common name by the end of the year.
The name change is a new organization that makes suggestions for common names that need to be changed to “help ensure that the common name of the insect respects the insect and is comprehensive and descriptive.” Part of the initiative.
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