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Happenings in the insect world
by Ann Dean
on August 1, 2020 at 3:14 PM
Thanks so much for your blog—great information. I would just like to point out that if “murder hornet” makes entomologists cringe, then “Asian hornet” makes activists cringe. Today in the United States, Asian Americans are being blamed for COVID, attacked and spit on in public places. Naming a dangerous “invasion” as Asian can perpetuate these kinds of attitudes. Maybe stick with the Latin name?  
Thanks, Ann
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on August 5, 2020 at 11:26 AM
Thanks for your comment. Yes, names are not the ones we'd pick. Indian hawthorn, German cockroach, American cockroach, European paper wasp, European wool carder bee, Irish midge. If you go to the Entomological Society of America's website, you can find common names and scientific names of insects. See
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