I learned yesterday, at a lecture given by Noam (Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East —http://events.mit.edu/event.html?id=15002934&date=2013/9/10 ) that a new species of Leafcutter bees was named in honor of Noam.
New Species of Leafcutter Bee Discovered in Texas
A new species of leafcutter bees, Megachile chomskyi, has been discovered in Texas. The genus Megachile is a cosmopolitan group of solitary bees, often called leafcutter bees. It is one of the largest genera of bees, with well over 1,500 species in over 50 subgenera. A male Megachile chomskyi is pictured above.
The new species is named after Professor Noam Chomsky, Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The research was published here in ZooKeys.
Dr, Cory Sheffield, the author of the study, said in a statement, “In addition to naming the species after Dr. Chomsky to honour his many accomplishments, I also have been a huge fan and follower of his writings, lectures, and political views for a long time.”
Photo: Cory S. Sheffield (Royal Saskatchewan Museum)
Posted on April 4, 201