A tiny honey-colored beetle was named Friday after activist Greta Thunberg by the entomologist who discovered its existence, the Natural Science Museum in London announced.
“I chose this name because I am very impressed by the young activist’s work and I wanted to pay tribute to her outstanding contribution to environmental issues,” said Michael Darby, who discovered the small beetle from the subfamily Ptinidae among the 22 million specimens in the museum’s collection.
Nelloptodes gretae is less than a millimeter long and has no eyes or wings. It was collected in the soil of Nairobi in the 1960s, the museum said in a statement.
The head of the beetle collection, Max Barclay, explained that hundreds of species were still to be discovered in the museum’s vast collection and around the world, some of which would disappear even before being listed due to the loss of biodiversity.
“It is therefore fitting that the most recent discovery should be named after someone who has worked hard to defend the natural world and protect vulnerable species,” Barclay said.