British actor Idris Elba has been given the spotlight for playing Asgard’s bravest warrior, the patron saint Heimdal, in “God of Thunder,” according tomedia CNET. According to a new study published in the journal Journal of Hymenoptera Research, scientists named a new wasp species after him.
Idris elba wasps are a parasitic species that researchers hope will stop a bed bug called Bagrada Hilaris that can destroy crops across North America. The newly discovered wasp species can prevent its offspring from growing by “parasitic” bed eggs, which is expected to be the ultimate weapon against bed bugs.
Researchers are comparing the new wasp species to Elba’s character, Heimdal, because they are both protectors. In the Thunder movie, Heimdal guards the BiFrost Bridge Rainbow Bridge day and night to defend against foreign enemies.
Elijah Talamas of the Florida Arthropod Collection, co-author of the study, told the Daily Mail on Monday that Idris elba wasps “may be ‘protectors’ like Heidal for a variety of crops.”
Although other related wasps are known to kill spider eggs, this is the first time scientists have seen wasps act as parasites as bed bugs. Scientists first discovered the new wasp in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, infecting the eggs of bedbugs in vegetable plants. Study lead author Refugio Lomeli-Flores said: “Previously, wasp species only resined in spider eggs, so it was very unexpected when it was found that the specimen of Idris elba wasps was coming out of the eggs of the Bagrada bedbug. “
For the new study, Tara Gariepy, a researcher at the Canadian Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, matched dna from adult Idris elba wasp residues found in bed bug eggs. The specimen is then sent to the taxonomist Talamas, who determined that it was an “undescribed” species. Because there is already a group of parasitic wasps called Idris, scientists have added the “elba” name to the new wasp.