Bug experts seeking new name for destructive gypsy moths
July 9, 2021
Bug experts are dropping the common name of a destructive insect because it's considered an ethnic slur: the gypsy moth.
The Entomological Society of America, which oversees the common names of bugs, is getting rid of the common name of that critter and the lesser-known gypsy ant. 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.
"It's an ethnic slur to begin with that's been rejected by the Romani people a long time ago,'' said society presiden...