Thursday, December 8, 2022

There’s A Beetle Species Named After Leonardo DiCaprio

Most actors don’t have beetles named after them but Leonardo DiCaprio sure does, and he’s super proud of it.

DiCaprio is an environmentalist and has done a lot of work for the planet, battling global warming and aiding in preserving animals and the environment, so the beetle in his honor doesn’t come out of nowhere.

The beetle species is called Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi, which sounds like a Harry Potter spell but still is pretty sweet. The beetle was discovered on the side of a waterfall in Malaysian Borneo, and it was in pretty bad shape, with a missing antenna and a front leg.

According to Mashable, the expedition was conducted by Taxon Expeditions and it’s part of a program that trains people to capture, study and identify new species of animals. On a statement, the company said that the beetle was named in DiCaprio’s honor due to the 20th anniversary of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which works to preserve biodiversity and has done important work for the planet.

For his part, DiCaprio was so honored that he put the beetle as his profile picture on Facebook. The internet couldn’t resist and had to add a few comments of their own:

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