Hey Hey, My, My, It's Spider Man

New arachnid species named for rock legend Young
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 2:39 PM CDT
Hey Hey, My, My, It's Spider Man
Neil Young performs at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada last November. A biologist has named a new species of spider after him.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, J.P. Moczulski)

(Newser) – A new spider species has been named for rocker Neil Young, an outspoken advocate for environmental issues, Reuters reports. A biologist and Neil Young fan who discovered the species named it Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. It's not the first such honor for a singer. A beetle was recently named Orectochilus orbisonorum after Roy Orbison

"You can give a new species just about any name you please," said the biologist. "With regards to Neil Young, I really enjoy his music and have a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice." (Read more Neil Young stories.)

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