Actor Idris Elba must be buzzing. He has had a species of wasp named after him, joining fine company including a horse fly ­inspired by Beyonce.

The wasp was likened to Elba’s character Heimdall in the Thor films, as a superhero for farmers that will wipe out a damaging pest.

With an estimated 17,000 to 24,000 species being discovered every year, scientists are having to get creative with their naming techniques and where better to look than our favourite stars.

So from bootylicious flies to a frog prince, we take a look at other species that pay homage to celebs.

Prince Charles.

In 2012, a species of tree frog was named after Prince Charles as a thanks for his work in protecting their rainforest habitat.

We're sure he'd have been hoppy with such a lovely surprise.


The Scaptia beyonceae horse fly, which is found only in Queensland, Australia, was named after the queen of pop due to “the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen”.

The horse fly is completely black apart from it’s golden behind, which reminds researchers of the song Bootylicious.

Dolly Parton.

She’s known for always being glamorous, even admitting to sleeping with her makeup on.

The country singer gave her name to pretty lichen, called Japewiella dollypartoniana, as it grows in the Tennessee Mountains where she grew up.

Bob Marley.

The Desis bobmarleyi marine spider was named because of its high tide/low tide habitat – just like the reggae star’s song High Tide Or Low Tide.

Sadly though, it isn’t able to grow the same luscious dreadlocks as its namesake.

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Just like the actor, this beetle is known for its muscular legs.

The middle femora in the male Agra schwarzeneggeri looks like the spider could have been hitting the gym as much as the Terminator star himself.

Brad Pitt.

The scientist who discovered the Conobregma bradpitti wasp was such a fan of Brad Pitt that she had a poster of him in her lab.

So it seemed only fitting to name the creepy-crawly after the Hollywood star.

Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga has a full genus of 19 different kinds of fern named after her including Gaga germanotta and Gaga monstraparva, which translates to “little monsters”, the name that the singer gives to her fans.

To top it off, the plants’ DNA sequence also spells out GwAGA.


Unsurprisingly, the Aleiodes shakirae parasite was named after the singer because it can shake its hips vigorously.

The tiny creature usually attaches itself to caterpillars and makes its host twist and squirm via its abdomen.