Taxonomy Fail in the NY Times

Seriously, is there a name for the disorder whereby people think everything with wings is a honeybee?



  1. #1 sff
    April 29, 2009

    Not so far as I know, but there *should* be…

    Melliferimania, from *Apis mellifera*?

    How does someone mistake that for a honeybee anyway?

  2. #2 Michael
    April 29, 2009

    I think it’s called “journalism”. Affected subjects also think everything used in construction is a bulldozer.

  3. #3 ihateaphids
    April 29, 2009


  4. #4 Clint
    April 29, 2009

    Looks like this post helped find a cure. The New York Times changed their picture as of 7:41pm with a quick apology for the taxonomic mistake.

  5. #5 Kolby
    April 30, 2009

    They changed it from “getting nectar” to “nectaring.” Is that even a real word?

  6. #6 myrmecos
    April 30, 2009

    @Michael- LOL!

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