Jennifer Lopez Gets a Bug Named After Her

by Sophie Schillaci      11:10 AM PDT, July 17, 2014

Well, this is one way to show appreciation.

Scientists have named a water mite in honor of Jennifer Lopez after discovering the new species near Puerto Rico, dubbing it Litarachna lopezae. Ain't that funny.

In an email to the Associated Press, biologist Vladimir Pesic said that it was just a small token of thanks after the pop star's music kept he and his crew entertained on the job.

"The reason behind the unusual choice of name for the new species is… simple: J.Lo's songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014," said Pesic. His favorite track? "All I Have."

A bunch of scientists jamming out to J.Lo, maybe twerking -- is there a better image than that?

J.Lo is hardly the first celeb to have a bug named after her. The Aleiodes gaga wasp was named after Lady Gaga, the Scaptia Beyonceae horsefly after Beyonce, the Caribbean-native Gnathia Marleyi parasite after Bob Marley, and the Norasaphus monroeae trilobite after Marilyn Monroe, among many others.



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