The Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology (HAO) project aims to capture the complex lexica used to describe hymenoptera anatomy. Our core data are extracted from the corpus of published works, particularly descriptions of new taxa. We reviewed the Journal of Hymenoptera Research (JHR) to extract new labels and ontological classes, explored the completeness of the present version of the HAO, and reflected upon community language trends. Three hundred and fifty three (353) Journal of Hymenoptera Research articles were parsed, accessed through the Biodiversity Heritage Library and vetted against the present ontology. New labels (2121) were collected during this process including about 650 adjectives used to qualify morphological features. Language trends were revealed in the process, showing the occurrence of anatomical labels used in the literature, possibly reflecting the character systems and qualifiers we most often use to describe novel taxa. Additionally the novel software used for text extraction is reviewed, outlining possible improvements and useful tools resulting from this effort.