Insect Experts Want To Rename ‘Gypsy’ Moths Over Fears Term Is Offensive

Insect Experts Want To Rename ‘Gypsy’ Moths Over Fears Term Is Offensive


The Entomological Society of America, a not-for-profit scientific society, is looking to change the name of “gypsy moths,” noting that the term is offensive to certain people.

As the Associated Press reported, “The group this week announced that for the first time it changed a common name of an insect because it was offensive. In the past they’ve only reassigned names that weren’t scientifically accurate.”

According to the Entomological Society of America’s (ESA) website, the group is also trying to coordinate such name reassignment with members of the public with a new program. The site stated, “The changes are made in conjunction with the launch of a new ESA program to review and replace insect common names that may be inappropriate or offensive. Entomologists, scientists in related fields, and the public are invited to participate in identifying and proposing alternatives for insect common names that perpetuate negative ethnic or racial stereotypes.” 

“The purpose of common names is to make communication easier between

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