True or false: There is an insect named after Metallica. That’s true. There’s a species of wasp called metallichneumon neurospatarchus that was discovered by entomologists in 2002 who were big Metallica fans. And they’re not the only band to have a bug named after them.
Makenziurus joeyi, deedeei and ceejayi are all species of ancient trilobites who were named after three members of the Ramones. And what about Green Day? They didn’t get a bug or a fossil. Instead, they got macrocarpaea dies-viridis, which is one of about 400 different varieties of a flowering plant found all over the world. My favourite, though, is cryptocercus garcia, which was named after Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Cryptocercus garcia is a species of roach. Get it?