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30 Celebrities With Bugs Named After Them

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When a Swedish Lutheran pastor, Nils Ingemarsson Linnaeus, named his son Carl in 1707, he had no concept he was naming the longer term father of taxonomy.

Taxonomy is the science of naming, describing and classifying organisms. You might keep in mind “King Philip Came Over For Good Soup” from third grade: kingdom, phylum, class, order, household, genus and species. It helps maintain every part organized, so everybody is aware of precisely which factor you are speaking about.

Nils wished his son to be a pastor, too, however happily for the science world, Carl Linnaeus disillusioned his mother and father by exhibiting neither aptitude nor need for the priesthood and as a substitute ended up finding out drugs and botany. Between his training and love of crops, he ended up growing his classification scheme of residing issues, the Systema Naturae.

Critters named for RuPaul, middle, Beyonce (high proper) Angelina Jolie (backside proper) Leonardo DiCaprio (beetle) and Barack Obama (high left.) Not to scale.

Center: CSIRO Australia. Clockwise from high left: Jason E. Bond/Wikipedia, Bryan D. Lessard-CSIRO/Wikipedia, Jason E. Bond/Wikipedia, Hendrik Freitag, Clister V. Pangantihon and Iva Njunjic/Wikipedia.

Naming a species is an enormous deal, and it comes with challenges, obligations and guidelines. There are about 8.6 million species on this planet and we have solely named 1.2 million of them. According to ABC Australia, names are normally in Latin, they should be distinctive, and it’s cheesy to call a species after your self.

Many of those scientists named these bug species after celebrities to honor their  work for the setting, a few of them have been impressed by them, and others did it in a little bit of enjoyable.

Here are 30 celebrities with bugs — effectively, okay, invertebrates –named after them.

Angelina Jolie

Spider: Aptostichus angelinajolieae

The spider is known as after Jolie in recognition of her work with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Amy Tan

Leech: Chtonobdella tanae

The leech was named for writer Amy Tan in recognition of her assist of the American Museum of Natural History. One of her novels, “Saving Fish From Drowning,” mentions leeches thrice. Tan reportedly mentioned she was “thrilled to be immortalized” with the naming.

Barack Obama

Ant: Zasphinctus obamai 

The ant was thus named “to acknowledge his important efforts undertaken for the conservation of fragile natural habitats around the globe.” The ant is mostly discovered near the hometown of Obama’s paternal household in western Kenya.

Obama additionally lends his identify to 2 spiders, a bee, a beetle, two fish, a hen, a lichen, a lizard and different critters.


Beyoncé Knowles

Fly: Scaptia beyonceae

The horse fly was named after the singer and actress due to its “striking golden behind.”

Bill Gates

Fly: Eristalis gatesi

The fly is known as for Gates in recognition of his contributions to the PC revolution and to the science of dipterology (the examine of flies.)


Spider: Aptostichus bonoi

The species happens in California’s Joshua Tree National Park and was named in recognition of U2’s 1987 album “The Joshua Tree.”

Brandi Carlile

Spider: Ummidia brandicarlileae

The American singer and songwriter based the annual Girls Just Wanna Weekend Festival to counter the shortage of feminine illustration at mainstream music festivals. The competition takes place in part of Mexico the place the spider is normally discovered.

David Sedaris

Beetle: Darwinilus sedarisi

The scientist who named the beetle did so “as an appreciation for his fascination with the pure world. I spent many hours listening to Mr Sedaris’ audiobooks whereas making ready the specimens and the figures for this and different manuscripts.”

Greta Thunberg

Mayfly: Caenis gretathunbergae 

For her world local weather activism, Greta Thunberg, now 20 years previous, is to this point honored for a minimum of seven creatures: alongside the mayfly are a beetle, a frog, three spiders and a snail. At the age of 15, Thunberg started her now-globally acknowledged activism by inspiring college students world wide to participate in class strikes on behalf of the local weather.

Hugh Jackman

Spider: Tasmanicosa hughjackmani

This wolf spider is known as for the Australian actor and philanthropist who performed Wolverine within the “X-Men” movie collection. The spider is endemic to Australia, and the widespread identify “wolverine wolf spider” was proposed by its discoverers.

Idris Elba

Wasp: Idris elba

Idris is a genus of parasitic wasps. Regarding the identify, the scientist who named the wasp, Elijah J. Talamas, informed Smithsonian, “It was too funny not to do it.” 

Isabella Rossellini

Beetle: Ptomaphaginus isabellarossellini

Beetle: Sonoma rossellinae

Two beetles are named for the actress and biologist Isabella Rossellini associated to her quick movies and stage performances on animal copy. Rossellini wrote and starred in “Green Porno,” a collection of quick movies on animal sexual conduct.

Jackie Chan

Wasp: Acrotaphus jackiechani

One of the scientists naming the wasp was a fan of the actor and director.

There’s additionally a lizard named after Chan. The lizard’s fast actions reminded the scientists of the stunts of Jackie Chan.

Jennifer Lopez

Mite: Litarachna lopezae

The aquatic mite is present in Puerto Rico’s Mona Passage, a strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. Lopez is of Puerto Rican descent.

Jon Stewart

Beetle: Sonoma stewarti

The beetle present in California’s Butte County was named by the authors for Jon Stewart “a humanitarian, champion of science, and humorist best known for reintroducing skepticism and intelligence to news reporting through a television program called The Daily Show.” 

Stewart additionally has a wasp and trilobyte named after him.

Kate Winslet

Beetle: Agra katewinsletae

The beetle was present in Costa Rica. “Her [“Titanic”] character did not go down with the ship, but we will not be able to say the same for this elegant canopy species, if all the rain forest is converted to pastures,” the authors mentioned.

Lady Gaga

Treehopper: Kaikaia gaga

The grad scholar who named the treehopper mentioned in a press launch: “If there is going to be a Lady Gaga bug, it’s going to be a treehopper, because they’ve got these crazy horns, they have this wacky fashion sense about them. They’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”

Also named for Lady Gaga are a fern and an extinct even-toed ungulate (hoofed animal) present in Wyoming.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Beetle: Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi

The beetle, together with one other beetle, two spiders and a flowering plant are named for the actor recognizing him for his work in elevating consciousness of environmental points, local weather change and biodiversity loss.  

Liv Tyler

Beetle: Agra liv

Agra liv is a species of carabid beetle present in Costa Rica and Panama. “The existence of this species of stylish beetle relies upon the rainforest not present process an Armageddon,” the authors wrote. (Tyler starred within the 1998 movie “Armageddon.”

Malala Yousafzai

Beetle: Discheramocephalus malalae

Spider: Thunberga malala

The Pakistani feminine training activist grew to become the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate at age 17, two years after she survived being shot by the Taliban for talking publicly on behalf of women’ rights. The beetle and spider are named in recognition of her activism. Note the genus of the spider, Thunberga, is known as for Greta Thunberg.

Mel Gibson

Moth: Cicinnus melgibsoni

Gibson is acknowledged for his contribution and assist to the El Mirador mission, an necessary Mayan archaeological website in Guatamala, the place the species was found.

Michelle Obama

Spider: Spintharus michelleobamaae

This comb-footed spider from Cuba is known as for former first girl Michelle Obama “who has long fought to defend human rights, fairness, and equality for all, with her characteristic dignity and grace,” the authors wrote.

Novak Djokovic

Beetle: Duvalius djokovici

A beetle present in an underground pit in a mountain in western Serbia is known as after Djokovic by a Serbian researcher “due to its speed, strength, flexibility, durability and ability to survive in a difficult environment.”


Fly: Agromyza princei

The fly, found shortly after Prince died, is known as due to his track “Raspberry Beret.” The larva of the fly was found mining a leaf of black raspberry.

Roger Federer

Fly: Strongylophthalmyia federeri

The species is known as for the tennis champion due to its “distinctive racquet-shaped male palpus.” (That’s a part of the fly’s mouth.)


Fly: Opaluma rupaul 

A brightly coloured, iridescent soldier fly from Australia was named “in honor of the drag superstar RuPaul Charles who is known to wear extravagant outfits that resemble this species.” A trilobyte can also be named for RuPaul.


Wasp: Aleiodes shakirae

“Since parasitism by this species causes the host caterpillar to bend and twist its abdomen in various ways, and Shakira is also famous for her belly-dancing, the name seems particularly appropriate,” the authors wrote.

Stephen Colbert

Beetle: Agaporomorphus colberti

The scientist who found this diving beetle mentioned he named it after Colbert as a result of “Stephen shamelessly asked the science community to name something cooler than a spider to honor him.” Another beetle, Sonoma colberti, can also be named after the comic.

Taylor Swift

Millipede: Nannaria swiftae

The authors, followers of Taylor Swift, named this millipede “in recognition of her talent as a songwriter and performer and in appreciation of the enjoyment her music has brought.”

Tobey Maguire

Spider: Filistata maguirei

The actor has starred in 4 “Spider Man” movies. He additionally lends his identify to a crustacean.

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