New wasp species named after Brad Pitt

A new species of parasitic wasp has been named, Conobregma bradpitti.

According to ScienceDaily, researcher Dr. Bunktika A. Butcher of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand spent long hours in the laboratory during her doctoral studies working under a poster of her favorite actor, Brad Pitt.

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Conobregma bradpitti is deep brown in color, with yellow accents on its head, antennae and legs, along with brightly colored wings. The species is parasitic, and lays its eggs in caterpillars, which then emerge from the “mummified” larva. The Brad Pitt-inspired wasps can be found in South Africa.

In spite of their parasitic qualities, the wasps are seen as beneficial because they help with pest control.

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