Jacinda Arden is quite the celebrity, but her stardom is a little more terrestrial than her political peers.
The prime minister is "aware of this and very honored," said her office, in response to a new bug named after her.
And by the way:
"A beetle and a lichen, along with an ant in Saudi Arabia, have also been named after her," said her spokesman.
The Hemiandrus jacinda is a reported new species of wētā, a cricket native to New Zealand. It was named (and described) for the prime minister by Steven Trewick, a professor of evolutionary ecology at Massey University.
"Taxonomy lies at the heart of species conservation and many large New Zealand orthopterans [order of insects] remain to be described," said Assoc. Professor Morgan-Richards, Trewick's colleague, in 2016.
In the last six months, I thought about naming one of Jupiter's unexplored moons after myself. (Seriously, who's gonna care but me?)
Apparently, naming opportunities are plentiful in the insect world. If only the sight of a large creepy crawlee didn't send me hugging my knees in a corner.
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