Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg can add one more small thing to her resume.
The teenager now has a miniature beetle named after her.
The new species of beetle is officially known as Nelloptodes gretae in recognition of Thunberg’s advocacy for climate action and protecting the natural world, according to London’s Natural History Museum.
“You are never too small to make a difference,” the museum announced.
— Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) October 25, 2019
The species was originally collected in Kenya between 1964 and 1965 by an entomologist called William Brock.
But it was Michael Darby, a scientific associate at the museum, who examined the specimens with a high-powered microscope and honoured the young woman by naming a new species after her. The newly named species is pale yellow and gold, has no eyes or wings and measures just 0.79 millimetres.
“The family that I work on are some of the smallest known free-living creatures,” he explained in a statement. “They are not parasitic and are not living inside other creatures. Few of them measure more than a millimetre long.”
This may well be the first species named after Thunberg, who started mobilizing youth to join climate strikes and urging world leaders to protect the planet for future generations.
And by naming a blind beetle after Thunberg is not at all a troll job.
Darby calls himself a “fan.”
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 16, 2018
“I’m really a great fan of Greta,” Darby added. “She is a great advocate for saving the planet and she is amazing at doing it, so I thought that this was a good opportunity to recognise that.”
He also didn’t name the puny species after her because of their small — they just happen to be the insects he studies.
In fact, the museum notes, Darby has named several species of Ptiliidae after prominent people, including one for Sir David Attenborough
“N. gretae is certainly in prestigious company,” the museum added.
Thuberg has been touring through Western Canada in the last few weeks, becoming the central figure in climate rallies in Edmonton and Vancouver that have drawn thousands of people.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 18, 2019
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 26, 2019
But she has also visited indigenous groups and traveled with researchers to retreating glaciers.
Honoured to meet with chief Archie Waquan, Melody Lapine and councillor Calvin Waquan of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. And chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation – president of the Athabasca Tribal Council – while visiting Fort Mcmurray in Treaty 8 Territory! pic.twitter.com/LEkEZRZKOj
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 20, 2019
Thank you to John Pomeroy, the University of Saskatchewan, Brenda Shepherd and Parks Canada for educating me on the effects of the climate and ecological crisis on stunning Jasper Nationalpark. And thank you for giving me these incredible experiences! pic.twitter.com/0Uxtd0nOBa
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 23, 2019
Photo Natural History Museum