Digital photo illustration by Karie Darrow, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution

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This beetle is named after the muscular Arnold Schwarzenegger because of its enlarged middle femora.

Digital photo illustration by Karie Darrow, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution

From Darth Vader to Jelly Doughnuts, Weird Species Names Abound

Researchers sometimes turn to celebrities and pop culture for naming inspiration.

Image of the 125 Anniversary logo When you have to name 65 new species at once, it pays to get creative. That's how the Darth Vader beetle, or Agathidium vaderi, came to grace a scientific publication in 2005.