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An entomologist critiques ant emojis

July 18, 2018.

Ants emojis.

Behind the CurlicueCal handle is a Doctor in Entomology specialized in ant behaviour. Recently, CurlicueCal posted ratings of various ant emojis on her Tumblr page: Microsoft’s, Apple’s, Facebook’s, Twitter’s and others. From a myrmecological point of view, the worst emoji is Mozilla’s, since it’s in fact a termite. Among the better ones are Facebook’s, described as “elegant”, and Messenger’s: “This ant is a bold and challenging mixture of photorealism and caricature.” But head and shoulders above its peers is Apple’s ant, with a score of 11 out of 10. Mind you, CurlicueCal’ assessment is not consensual.

Ants emojis.

“This makes me angry”, said Stephane De Greef, a Belgian environmental engineer, when iOS 11.2. was launched. “Why fix it if it ain’t broken? The old one [the iOS 11.1 ant] was a cute Lasius-kinda ant and now we have this rounding monstruosity with no petiole and widening fluffy legs?” asks De Greef, who photographs ants in nature. “It honestly looks more like a spider than an ant”, said Joanie King, an entomologist at A&M University in Texas specialized in the social behaviour of ants. As for us, we kind of like Google’s ant for its surprised look, but we’re no entomologists.

CurlicueCal, “An entomologist rates ant emojis.”

Quartzy, “Biologists are bugged about the ant emoji.”

The Daily Ant, “New iOS ant emoji enrages entomologist.”