The author of this blog recently informed me of a program called Google Ngram. This program allows users to input various terms and will output a graph showing something like the frequency of books which contain those terms, plotted over time. So I decided to test my theory of Myrmecological Supremacy:
Click on the image to see more detail. The blue line is “ant”, while the others are beetle, grasshopper, mosquito, dragonfly, wasp, and cockroach. While “ant” ultimately reigns supreme, there are two time periods during which “mosquito” is more prevalent than “ant”. However, note that these periods correspond exactly to World War I and World War II. In other words, mosquitoes are harbingers of death and destruction.
The results of this rigorous, scientific study allow us to confidently reject the null hypothesis (ants ≤ other insects) in favor of the alternative (ants >> other insects).