- American and Canadian entomologists changed the common name of the “Asian giant hornet” to "northern giant hornet."
- The Entomological Society of America (ESA) said in a press release on Monday that it adopted the new common name for the species Vespa mandarinia to avoid potential discrimination against the Asian community amid the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes.
- Although the “Asian” descriptor in the insect's former common name was “geographically accurate” and not “at all pejorative,” it could still unintentionally reinforce anti-Asian sentiments since the northern giant hornet tends to inspire fear, Chris Looney, the author of the name change proposal, said.
- The ESA adopted new guidelines in 2021 for choosing acceptable common names for insects, and geographic references and ethnic and racial groups can no longer be used in names as they “might stoke fear.”
- The invasive insects previously referred to as “murder hornets,” a term derided by many entomologists, started trending in 2020 after a New York Times article revealed that the hornets could potentially decimate bee populations.
Entomologists in the United States and Canada have changed the common name of the “Asian giant hornet” to “northern giant hornet” to avoid reinforcing discrimination against the Asian community.
In a press release on Monday, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) said it adopted the new common name for the species Vespa mandarinia in its Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms List amid the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes.
A Chinese couple apparently thought it was okay to keep thousands of bees on the balcony of their high-rise apartment in Zhejiang province, China.
For over a year, the couple in the coastal city of Ningbo allegedly ignored their neighbors’ complaints about their collection of beehives that housed thousands of bees.
Japanese scientists have been working on flower pollinating drones that aim to make up for the decreasing number of bees.
The research team from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan have recently conducted successful tests using the bee-like devices.
A news anchor in Shandong Province, eastern China, took the center spotlight after a video of him freaking out when a bee flew on his suit and crawled up to his face hit Chinese social media.
An 11-year-old boy from Phoenix, Arizona miraculously survived being stung by 400 bees after pretending to be Vegeta from his favorite anime, Dragon Ball Z, putting his power level over 9,000!
Andrew Kunz and his friend were shooting BB guns at an abandoned car, but they didn’t know of the swarm of deadly Africanized honeybees living inside the vehicle.
A new video shows how a man in China who previously set the record for being covered in bees the longest time set a new record for having the heaviest mantle of bees.
Ruan Liangming, of Fengxin County, broke the Guinness World record for “heaviest mantle of bees” on Italian TV show “Lo Show Dei Record.”