April Taxonomy Fail: The Naming of Pests

30 Apr

I run across so many insect bloopers and taxonomy fails I thought I’d start a little running feature on them to go with my ever enlarging file of Things That Are Not Fire Ants.  I’m thinking monthly?  Biweekly?  Whenever I feel like it?  We’ll see.

Anyway, today’s little gem is brought to you by Aspect Home & Pest, who really ought to know better.  I present to you:


“But wait!” you say.  “Those are ticks. They are eight-legged dorsoventrally flattened blood-sucking arachnids.”

Yes.  Yes, they are.

But keep on scrolling down the page.  I present to you:


“Um,” you say.  “Those are still ticks.  Fleas are six-legged laterally flattened blood-sucking insects.”

That is also true.



One Response to “April Taxonomy Fail: The Naming of Pests”

  1. L.F. July 18, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    The page you link to also has. . .
    An African weaver ant (Oecophylla longinoda) called a harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex sp., noted as especially common in Arizona)
    A Camponotus carpenter ant as a fire ant (Solenopsis). wrong subfamily. . .
    And a Formica ant as an Argentine ant (Linepithema) – again, not even in the right subfamily.

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