But does he know how to sew? CSIRO
Meet Opaluma rupaul, a newly named fly after RuPaul. Its multicolored iridescence recalls the costDazzling designer umes and dresses that RuPaul wears on the reality show RuPaul "Drag Race . Still, being named after the iconic drag queen seems like a lot of pressure for a little bug . Better to work.
Opaluma rupaul is a member of the new Australian genus Opaluma (Latin words for opal and thorn). The name reflects the iridescent hues that characterize flies of this type, as well as the 'distinctive thorn found under their abdomen.
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Australian science agency CSIRO and partners have named 13 new soldier flies this year, including Opaluma rupaul and two endangered insects: Opaluma opulens and Antissella puprasina. Many of the 13 are from areas affected by the " 2019-2020 Australian bushfires , which ravaged the country for months, devastating cities, rural communities, livelihoods and wildlife.
RuPaul, upon hearing of the eponymous soldier fly.
Bryan Lessard, who is a postdoctoral researcher at National Research Collections Australia and named the flies, hopes that catchy nicknames will grab the attention ofcitizen scientists and influencing policy makers to include the species in bushfire recovery efforts.
"Soldier flies are valuable in the ecosystem," Lessard said in a statement. "Larvae recycle nutrients from dead plants and animals, while adults are pollinators of some Australian plants.
Describing and naming
"This year, we identified an exotic mosquito species, Culex tritaeniorhynchus, which can transmit the virus of the Japanese encephalitis and was first detected in Australia. It was initially mistaken for an undescribed native species, "says Lessard.
The newly named species list released by CSIRO also includes three beetlesThe elusive ones named Binburrum articuno, Binburrum zapdos, and Binburrum moltres after three hard-to-find Pokemon: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
Opaluma rupaul, of course, has one thing to say to all of its other newly named species: if you don't love yourself, how the hell are you going to love someone else?
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