Scientists Name Beetle After Colbert
Researchers honor comedian on his birthday
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2009 10:49 AM CDT
In this Nov. 20, 2008 file photo, Stephen Colbert arrives for a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. Colbert, whose mock presidential campaign could not get off the ground, is...   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
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(Newser) – Scientists who bestowed names of Bush administration officials on a trio of bugs have named a new Venezuelan beetle after Stephen Colbert, the Washington Times reports. "Last year, Stephen shamelessly asked the science community to name something cooler than a spider to honor him," said one of the scientists. "His top choices were a giant ant or a laser lion."

“While those would be cool species to discover, our research involves beetles, and they are way cooler than a spider any day,” he continued. Agaporomorphus colberti "belongs to a species group...based on the common presence of a pair of rows of fine setae on the dorsal surface of the male's reproductive organs,” says a proclamation announcing the name. The researchers sent a framed image of the beetle to Colbert for his 45th birthday.