London’s Natural History Museum named a tiny bug “Nelloptodes gretae” to honor Greta Thunberg and her efforts to protect biodiversity.
Greta Thunberg got a beetle named after her.
London's Natural History Museum named the tiny bug "Nelloptodes gretae" to honor her efforts to protect biodiversity. (📷: AFP/Pemberley Books/Michael Darby) pic.twitter.com/438eVndUrY
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Per CNN, a new species of beetle has been named after the Swedish teen. The beetle belongs to the family of Ptiliidae, and is not well known because of its miniature size, the Natural History Museum said in a statement.
In this undated photo issued by Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine, showing the new species of beetle Nelloptodes gretae, named after Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg.
“I’m really a great fan of Greta,” Michael Darby, a scientific associate at the museum who named the new beetle, said in the statement. “She is a great advocate for saving the planet and she is amazing at doing it, so I thought that this was a good opportunity to recognize that.”
Thunberg, 16, has established herself as a primary activist for climate change. She was the inspiration for recent youth climate protests that took place in more than 100 cities worldwide and was considered for a Nobel Peace Prize.