Greta Gets Her Bug On
Scientists have named a newly identified species of bug after teen climate alarmist Greta Thunberg. Seems appropriate.
Dubbed Nelloptodes gretae, the bug and Greta share many of the same attributes: both are tiny, both have protrusions from the head, the bug has no wings and Greta refuses to fly, the bug is blind and Greta is blinded to the truth.
Michael Darby, a researcher from the Natural History Museum in London, who described the new beetle in the journal Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, said he settled on the name as a way to pay tribute to Thunberg, who began skipping school on Fridays to protest outside Swedish parliament last year.
For scientists, naming a newly discovered species after themselves is simply not done, which means they need to be a bit more creative. And some have a wicked sense of humor. This is how we now have a parasite named after Bob Marley, Gnathia marleyi, a spider called Spintharus leonardodicaprioi. Even a humorously named golden-haired fly named after Beyonce - Scaptia beyonceae.
Of course, in Kenya they’ve been aware of this bug for thousands of years, and probably have a name for it, but that doesn’t count for anything. Because science is all about White Supremacy.
|The 'Nelloptodes gretae' Shares Many Attributes With Greta|