New Species of Wasp Named After Shakira
A new species of wasp has been named — and its hips, as it were, don’t lie.
Aleiodes shakirae, a new type of parasitic wasp, has been named for none other than Shakira, GMA reports. The insect gains its name from its effect on the caterpillar that acts as its host; its influence causes the caterpillar to twist and wriggle akin to the Latin pop star before it dies.
The wasp is one of 24 new species of the insect recently discovered in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. Aleiodes wasps are known for injecting their eggs into caterpillars, which eventually die, their bodies effectively becoming mummified as vessels for the larva. Aleiodes shakirae are fairly small at a mere four to nine millimeters long.