New bee named after Sheldon Cooper

Updated: 03 January 2013 13:45

One of the characters from the popular US sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, has inspired a biologist in the naming of a new species of bee.

One of the characters from the popular US sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, has inspired a biologist in the naming of a new species of bee.

Tribute has been paid to the character of Dr Sheldon Cooper played by Jim Parsons on the CBS comedy with the naming of the Euglossa bazinga, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The bee is described as a looking very similar to the common Brazilian orchid bee and was discovered by biologist Andre Memesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. In the paper written by Nemesio and his team they described why they used Cooper's catchphrase saying "Sheldon Cooper's favorite comic word bazinga, used by him when tricking somebody, was here chosen to represent the character" adding "Euglossa bazinga has tricked us for some time due to its similarity to E. ignita, what led us to use bazinga."

Executive Producer of the Big Bang Steven Molaro said "We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show. Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after Mothra and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures."