Greta Thunberg had a new species of beetle by its name.
Nelloptodes gretae belongs to the Ptiliidae beetle family, which includes some of the smallest insects in the world.
It is less than 1 mm long, has no eyes or wings, but has two long braided antennas.
Nelloptodes gretae belongs to the Ptiliidae beetle family. Pic: The Curators of the Natural History Museum
It was named after the Swedish teenage climate activist by Dr. Michael Darby, a scientific associate of the London Natural History Museum.
He said: "I chose this name because I am immensely impressed by the work of this young activist and wanted to thank her for her excellent contribution in raising awareness of environmental issues."
The beetle was first collected from Nairobi soil and burlap samples by Dr. William C Block in the 1960s – and its findings were donated to the Natural History Museum in 1978.
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Darby discovered them while studying the museum's Spirit Collection, which houses more than 22 million animal specimens.
Max Barclay, senior curator, said there were potentially "hundreds of exciting new species yet to be discovered around the world, as well as in the vast collections of the Natural History Museum."
He added: "The name of this beetle is particularly moving because undiscovered species are likely to be lost all the time before scientists have named them – because of the loss of biodiversity – so it is appropriate to name one of the most recent. discoveries… after someone who worked so hard to defend the natural world and protect vulnerable species. "
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Greta, 16, became known worldwide after leaving school on Fridays to tackle climate change and urge millions around the world to follow suit.
She recently went to a United Nations summit on the subject in New York, traveling there by boat after refusing to fly.
She used the platform to accuse world leaders of "stealing" her childhood.
The appearance led to criticism from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.