Thursday, March 17, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 109: The Spongy Moth and The Better Common Names Project

Howdy bug lovers! On today's episode of Arthro-Pod, the gang is joined by Ahn Tran and Josh Lancette, who graciously agreed to talk about the Entomological Society of America's Better Common Names group, of which they are both members. 

The Better Common Names Taskforce is working to make sure that the common names we use to communicate about insects don't enforce negative stereotypes or use racist language. They are best known for helping to change the common name of Lymantria dispar to "the spongy moth". 

Tune in to hear about how this important committee came to be, why this work is needed for entomology, and the process by which the group came to pick spongy moth. 

Show Notes:

Learn moreabout the Better Common Names Project

Pre-order Biotic Borders by Jeannie N. Shinozuka

To read more about the name spongy moth, check this link!

War and Nature, which our guest Josh Lancette quotes from

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