It’s hairy, it’s weird, it’s called Chewbacca and it is … tiny ?!
Scientists have recently discovered a new type of beetle in Papua New Guinea with hairy brown legs. And, of course, they decided to call it Trigonopterus chewbacca, after the legendary hairy creature from Star Wars.
The study published in the journal ZooKeys describes the new species:
This species has dense scales on the head and the legs, which reminds the authors of Chewbacca’s dense fur
This “mini-Chewy” only eats plant sap and many yellow stubby hairs stick out of its exoskeleton.
Co-discovered along with three other beetles, this insect adds to the collection of 20 or so Curculionidae family members, discovered only a few years ago. Usually endemic of the forests of Melanesia (a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, near Australia), this is the first sighting of Trigonopterus beetles in New Guinea.
The overlap between entomologists and Star Wars fans seems to be pretty big, as this is not the first insect named after a Star Wars character.
We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support
The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.
The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.
So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.