Taylor Swift is Honored with a New Millipede Species Title


The Nannaria swiftae, or Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede, was recently discovered in the Tennessee Appalachian mountains, According to a recent release.

Derek Hennen, scientist at Virginia Tech, shared the names of the 17 insect species he and his team created, tweeting about how his love of Taylor Swift fueled this particular one. “I wanted to show my appreciation by naming this new species from Tennessee after her. A high honour!”Read the entire post

“Her music helped me get through the highs and lows of graduate school, so naming a new millipede species after her is my way of saying thanks.”

The release stated that the tiny creature was difficult to study and scientists set out on a multiyear project to identify and collect unidentified specimens from 17 states in the US.

The Nannaria swiftae and the other species Hennen’s team discovered are detailed in aZooKeys recently released a study.

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