The naming of the new species gives scientists the opportunity to pay tribute to Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, the novel’s characters and even the social media platform Troglomyces twitteri,media CNET reported. A newly discovered parasitic wasp species is named after COVID-19.
Andrey Khalaim and Enrique Ruíz Cancino, scientists at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT) in Mexico, published a description of five new species of Darwinian bees in the journal ZooKeys on Wednesday. The researchers surveyed one of the tiny “Stethantyx covida” bees during the 2020 new crown pandemic.
The “covida” part of the wasp’s name is derived from COVID-19 disease, which has killed more than a million people worldwide.
“We think it’s a good idea to remember this extraordinary year by the names of an extraordinary Darwin wasp found in seven Mexican states, including Tamaulipas, where the UAT campus is located, and Guatemala,” the researchers said in a statement Thursday in Pensoft, the journal’s publisher.
Darwinian bees are parasitic insects that usually lay eggs in or on host bodies such as butterfly larvae or spider eggs, or even on a living spider.
Darwin’s wasp department is officially named Ichneumonidae, but its connection to the naturalist Charles Darwin was through a letter he wrote to botanist Asa Gray in 1860.
Darwin said: “I can’t convince myself that a kind and omnipotent God would design and create Ichneumonidae with the explicit intention that they eat in the caterpillar’s living body, or that a cat should play with mice.” “