The Frustration of the Taxonomist
A miserable Brachymyrmex patagonicus worker, who for some reason is caring for her awful, cocooned sisters. (Tucson, Arizona)
Scientists aren’t expected to interject opinionated commentary in the more technical parts of their work. Yet I enjoy the little disciplinary lapses that allow judgmental biases to trickle through.
Below, I’ve scanned in a couple of my favorite examples from the ant taxonomic literature:
Brachymyrmex was Creighton’s least favorite ant. (From Creighton  The Ants of North America)
George and Jeanette Wheeler were apparently tired of Aphaenogaster occidentalis. (From Wheeler & Wheeler  Ants of Nevada)