30 Celebrities With Bugs Named After Them

Angelina Jolie

Spider: Aptostichus angelinajolieae

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

Amy Tan

Leech: Chtonobdella tanae

The leech was named for creator Amy Tan in recognition of her help of the American Museum of Pure Historical past. Considered one of her novels, “Saving Fish From Drowning,” mentions leeches thrice. Tan reportedly acknowledged she was “thrilled to be immortalized” with the naming.

Barack Obama

Ant: Zasphinctus obamai 

The ant was thus named “to acknowledge his essential efforts undertaken for the conservation of fragile pure habitats across the globe.” The ant is normally found close to the hometown of Obama’s paternal family in western Kenya.

Obama moreover lends his establish to 2 spiders, a bee, a beetle, two fish, a fowl, a lichen, a lizard and completely different critters.


Beyoncé Knowles

Fly: Scaptia beyonceae

The horse fly was named after the singer and actress because of its “placing golden behind.”

Invoice 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 analysis of flies.)


Spider: Aptostichus bonoi

The species occurs in California’s Joshua Tree Nationwide 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 mostly the annual Women Simply Wanna Weekend Pageant to counter the scarcity of female illustration at mainstream music festivals. The pageant takes place in a part of Mexico the place the spider is commonly found.

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 getting ready the specimens and the figures for this and completely different manuscripts.”

Greta Thunberg

Mayfly: Caenis gretathunbergae 

For her world native climate activism, Greta Thunberg, now 20 years outdated, is so far honored for no less than seven creatures: alongside the mayfly are a beetle, a frog, three spiders and a snail. On the age of 15, Thunberg began her now-globally acknowledged activism by inspiring school college students world vast to take part at school strikes on behalf of the native climate.

Hugh Jackman

Spider: Tasmanicosa hughjackmani

This wolf spider is known as for the Australian actor and philanthropist who carried out Wolverine throughout the “X-Males” film sequence. The spider is endemic to Australia, and the frequent establish “wolverine wolf spider” was proposed by its discoverers.

Idris Elba

Wasp: Idris elba

Idris is a genus of parasitic wasps. Relating to the establish, the scientist who named the wasp, Elijah J. Talamas, knowledgeable Smithsonian, “It was too humorous to not do it.” 

Isabella Rossellini

Beetle: Ptomaphaginus isabellarossellini

Beetle: Sonoma rossellinae

Two beetles are named for the actress and biologist Isabella Rossellini related to her fast motion pictures and stage performances on animal copy. Rossellini wrote and starred in “Inexperienced Porno,” a sequence of fast motion pictures on animal sexual habits.

Jackie Chan

Wasp: Acrotaphus jackiechani

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

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

Jennifer Lopez

Mite: Litarachna lopezae

The aquatic mite is current 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 current in California’s Butte County was named by the authors for Jon Stewart “a humanitarian, champion of science, and humorist greatest recognized for reintroducing skepticism and intelligence to information reporting by means of a tv program referred to as The Each day Present.” 

Stewart moreover has a wasp and trilobyte named after him.

Kate Winslet

Beetle: Agra katewinsletae

The beetle was current in Costa Rica. “Her [“Titanic”] character didn’t go down with the ship, however we will be unable to say the identical for this elegant cover species, if all of the rain forest is transformed to pastures,” the authors acknowledged.

Woman Gaga

Treehopper: Kaikaia gaga

The grad scholar who named the treehopper acknowledged in a press launch: “If there may be going to be a Woman Gaga bug, it’s going to be a treehopper, as a result of they’ve bought these loopy horns, they’ve this wacky trend sense about them. They’re in contrast to something you’ve ever seen earlier than.”

Additionally named for Woman Gaga are a fern and an extinct even-toed ungulate (hoofed animal) current in Wyoming.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Beetle: Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi

The beetle, along with one different beetle, two spiders and a flowering plant are named for the actor recognizing him for his work in elevating consciousness of environmental factors, native climate change and biodiversity loss.  

Liv Tyler

Beetle: Agra liv

Agra liv is a species of carabid beetle current in Costa Rica and Panama. “The existence of this species of trendy beetle relies upon upon the rainforest not current course of an Armageddon,” the authors wrote. (Tyler starred throughout the 1998 film “Armageddon.”

Malala Yousafzai

Beetle: Discheramocephalus malalae

Spider: Thunberga malala

The Pakistani female coaching activist turned the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate at age 17, two years after she survived being shot by the Taliban for speaking publicly on behalf of girls’ rights. The beetle and spider are named in recognition of her activism. Notice the genus of the spider, Thunberga, is known as for Greta Thunberg.

Mel Gibson

Moth: Cicinnus melgibsoni

Gibson is acknowledged for his contribution and help to the El Mirador problem, an important Mayan archaeological site in Guatamala, the place the species was discovered.

Michelle Obama

Spider: Spintharus michelleobamaae

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

Novak Djokovic

Beetle: Duvalius djokovici

A beetle current in an underground pit in a mountain in western Serbia is known as after Djokovic by a Serbian researcher “because of its pace, power, flexibility, sturdiness and talent to outlive in a troublesome surroundings.”


Fly: Agromyza princei

The fly, discovered shortly after Prince died, is known as because of his observe “Raspberry Beret.” The larva of the fly was discovered mining a leaf of black raspberry.

Roger Federer

Fly: Strongylophthalmyia federeri

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


Fly: Opaluma rupaul 

A brightly colored, iridescent soldier fly from Australia was named “in honor of the drag famous person RuPaul Charles who is thought to put on extravagant outfits that resemble this species.” A trilobyte might be named for RuPaul.


Wasp: Aleiodes shakirae

“Since parasitism by this species causes the host caterpillar to bend and twist its stomach in varied methods, and Shakira can also be well-known for her belly-dancing, the title appears significantly acceptable,” the authors wrote.

Stephen Colbert

Beetle: Agaporomorphus colberti

The scientist who discovered this diving beetle acknowledged he named it after Colbert because of “Stephen shamelessly requested the science group to call one thing cooler than a spider to honor him.” One other beetle, Sonoma colberti, might be named after the comedian.

Taylor Swift

Millipede: Nannaria swiftae

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

Tobey Maguire

Spider: Filistata maguirei

The actor has starred in 4 “Spider Man” motion pictures. He moreover lends his establish to a crustacean.