Using a new system of DNA barcoding, scientists in Thailand have discovered a new kind of wasp, and named it aleiodes gaga, after Lady Gaga.
Despite how it may sound, having a parasitoid wasp named after you is no insult. Many important people have organisms with their namesake, from Matt Groening to Che Guevara, as well as a long list of musicians, a few of which are listed below.
While nothing may come of the Gaga bug (save some extra attention for the scientists), it wouldn’t surprise me if she called her next perfume “wasp,” and made it out of something so horrible it stings when applied.
Mick Jagger: Aegrotocatellus jaggeri, a type of trilobite (an extinct marine anthropod) discovered in 1995.
Jerry Garcia: Cryptocercus garciai, a wood roach, possibly named with another kind of roach in mind.
Henry Rollins: Amphinema rollinsi, a jellyfish named by a Monterey Bay Aquarium jelly expert who’s a fan of Rollins’ work.
Frank Zappa: Phialella zappai, also a jellyfish, named by an Italian scientist angling to meet Frank Zappa.
Green Day: Macrocarpaea dies-viridis, a night-blooming flower.
Neil Young: Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, a species of trapdoor spider discovered in 2007.
Sid Vicious: Arcticalymene Viciousi, a trilobite named in 1997 alongside A. cooki, A. jonesi, A. matlocki, and A. rotteni.
Beyoncé: Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae, a horsefly with a golden booty named after a fly girl with a golden booty.
David Bowie: Heteropoda davidbowie, a large, yellow, hairy spider found in Malasia.