Meet Opaluma RuPaul, a fly named after RuPaul. Its multicolored iridescent beauty is reminiscent of the fabulous designer suits and gowns RuPaul wore on the TV show. Still, being named after the iconic drag queen seems like a lot of pressure for a tiny worm. It works better.
Opaluma rupaul is a member of the new Australian genus Opaluma (from the Latin words for opal and thorn). The name refers to the iridescent colors that characterize this type of flies, as well as the distinctive spines found on the underside of their abdomen.
Australia’s science agency CSIRO and its partners have this year named 13 new soldier flies, including Opaluma rupaul and two endangered insects: Opaluma opulens and Antisella puprasina. Many of the 13 come from the affected areas, which ravaged the country for months, destroying cities, rural communities, livelihoods and wildlife.
Brian Lesser, who is a postdoctoral research fellow with National Research Collections Australia and named the flies, hopes the catchy monikers will attract the attention of citizen scientists and inspire policymakers to include the species in bushfire recovery efforts.
“Soldier flies are valuable in the ecosystem,” Lesser said in a statement. “The larvae recycle nutrients from dead plants and animals, while adults are pollinators of some Australian plants.”
The scientist said that the description and naming of Australia’s diverse fauna is also important to prevent diseases from entering healthy animal populations.
Lessard said, “This year we identified an exotic species of mosquito, Culex tritanorhynchus, that can transmit Japanese encephalitis virus and was first detected in Australia. It was initially mistaken for an unwanted native species.” had gone.”
The newly named species list released by CSIRO also includes three elusive beetles named Binaburum Articuno, Binaburum Zapdos and Binaburum Moltres, after three hard-to-find Pokémon: Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.
Opaluma rupaul, of course, has one thing to say to all its fellow newly named species: If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love anyone else?