New beetle species named after Beatles

Ptomaphagus thebeatles, newly discovered beetle species, © Menno Schilthuizen, Taxon Expeditions

Translated from Taxon Expeditions in the Netherlands, 4 June 2020:

Researchers announced today that they have discovered a new beetle species and named it after The Beatles. The insect was found during a citizen science ‘expedition’ in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam – near the Hilton Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono did their “Bed In For Peace” fifty years ago.

Insects are sometimes named after famous musicians: Lady Gaga was given a cicada, Beyoncé a fly, and four species of damselflies were named after all Queen band members. But strangely, a beetle (beetle) has never been named after the Beatles. This has now been rectified in a new publication in the scientific journal Contributions to Zoology.

A team of insect researchers took a group of local residents on an ‘expedition’ in the Vondelpark. There they discovered a new beetle species (only 2 mm long and living in the soil) and decided to call the animal Ptomaphagus thebeatles. …

During the research in the Vondelpark, the group previously discovered a new parasitic wasp, which they called Aphaereta vondelparkensis.

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