Iridescent fly named after RuPaul. Now it better werk Halleloo! This colorful soldier fly even might inspire an outfit or two on Ru's show.

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Hello! This colorful soldier fly might even inspire a costume or two at Ru’s show.

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But does it know how to sew?


Meet Opaluma RuPaul, a soldier who takes on a new flight in the name of RuPaul. Its multicolored iridescent beauty is reminiscent of the fabulous designer suits and gowns RuPaul wore on the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Still, being named after a hugely famous drag queen seems like a lot of pressure for a tiny worm. It works better.

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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 2019-2020 Australians come from areas affected by bushfires, which ravaged the country for months, devastating cities, rural communities, livelihoods and wildlife.

Hearing about RuPaul, the eponymous soldier fly.

Brian Lessard, a postdoctoral research fellow at National Research Collections Australia who named the flies, hopes the catchy monikers will attract the attention of citizen scientists and entice 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 it is also important to describe and name Australia’s diverse fauna so as to prevent diseased animals from joining the healthy animal population.

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 are you going to love someone else?

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