Yet another rant about common names #3

Piezodorus guildinii is a small, green pentatomid. The species has recently

Piezodorus guildinii, first Missouri record -Kelly V. Tindall photograph.

Piezodorus guildinii, first Missouri record -Kelly V. Tindall photograph.

shown up in the United States and is an important enough soybean pest that the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has conferred upon it the moniker Redbanded Stink Bug. In South America, this species is commonly known as Chinche Verde Pequena – the little, green bug.

Learning about P. guildinii‘s Spanish common name, lead to the realization that Blissus leucopterus, A.K.A.the Chinch Bug, is commonly being called the bug bug by followers of the ESA common nomenclature. In some circles it is called the True Chinch Bug to differentiate it from the False Chinch Bug – I suggest that the True Chinch Bug should be called Bug Bug Bug (or Bug cubed) and the False Chinch Bug can be merely called Bug as a punishment for its falsity. I hope these new common names provide some clarity to a situation that I am certain keeps most of you up all night.

 

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