When it comes to certain scientific nomenclature, if you discover something new, you get to name it. Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz of the Smithsonian Institution’s Ant Lab were poking around the Venezuelan jungle when they chanced upon what turned out to be a new species of ant. These little guys–hitherto unknown–are fungus farmers who busily work the jungle floor.
The scientists decided to call this new species sericomyrmex radioheadi, honouring Radiohead for their environmental awareness work. I quote from Phys.org: “We wanted to honor their music. But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness.”
They’re lovely things, too. Look.