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Mexican bug-a-loo

10 May 2014

Via Entemology Today:

A grasshopper that was recently discovered on the side of a mountain road near Oaxaca, Mexico by University of Central Florida scientists (UCF) now bears the name Liladownsia fraile after Grammy-award-winning singer and activist Ana Lila Downs Sánchez.

The scientists named the new species after the Mexican-American singer as a nod to her efforts to preserve indigenous culture and her penchant for wearing colorful, local costumes as part of her performances.

Liladownsia fraile:


And the not so frail Lila Downs on another well-known Mexican insect:

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jacob permalink
    12 May 2014 9:39 pm

    An amusing transition, but “fraile” actually means “friar” (as in monk) in Spanish.

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