Scientists just named a wasp after David Bowie to honor Ziggy Stardust himself
How do you want people to remember you when you’re gone? If you’re David Bowie, you might have an entire wasp species named after you.
Almost a year and a half after legendary singer, songwriter, and performer David Bowie passed away after battling cancer, scientists named a recently-discovered, 100-million-year-old species of wasp after him.
The ancient wasp was found “exceptionally preserved” inside Burmese Amber, Phys.org reports. Something told us David Bowie would have approved of said method of preservation, which is hauntingly beautiful and offers an unparalleled look into the past.
Publishing their discoveries in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research, researchers announced that they would name the wasp “Archaeoteleia astropulvis.”
That might sound highly academic and scientific, but “astropulvis” is Latin for “stardust,” a direct reference to one of Bowie’s most famous alter egos.
In the paper, Entomologists wrote the name "refers to the ancient source of the atoms that form our planet and its inhabitants and commemorates the late David Bowie alter ego, Ziggy Stardust."
Bowie played Ziggy Stardust as a human manifestation of an alien who, when the human race was nearing extinction, presented humanity with hope and love.
What a beautiful way to remember a brilliant artist.