New defensive wasp species named after Hollywood actor Idris Elba

New defensive wasp species named after Hollywood actor Idris Elba

- A protective wasp species discovered by scientists from Colegio de Postgraduados in Mexico has been named after popular Hollywood actor, Idris Elba

- The insect was seen attacking crop-infesting pests in a way that shows that it could be used for pest control

- Though no formal reason has been given on the naming, it could be speculated that it comes from the protective roles Elba has played in many Marvel movies

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A very small species of insect which protects against invasive pests that threaten crops has been named after popular actor Idris Elba.

The Idris Elba wasp was first discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico, where it was seen attacking the eggs of bagrada stink bug, a major pest that feeds on cabbage and broccoli, Evening Standard reports.

Briefly.co.za learnt that according to the newspaper, scientists said that the latest discovery will go a long way in the effective control of pest, especially the ones that attack farm produce.

There has, however, not been a formally released reason as to why the species was named after the popular actor.

On the other hand, speculations have it that the insect may have been named after Elba because it is protective like the actor’s character, Heimdall, in Marvel films, a role he has played in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.

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It should be noted that before now, the wasp was only known to attack spider eggs, whereas the latest discovery pointed out that it also fights other crop-destroying pests.

The bagrada bug that the wasp recently attacked is native to Africa but can be found in other areas of the world.

Its activity was first discovered in 2008 when it was reported in Los Angeles, California. The research team that discovered the Elba wasps are from Colegio de Postgraduados (Mexico) as they also pointed out that the new insect portrays an exceptional skill.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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