Funny There's Now an Insect Named After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Researchers at a Cleveland museum honored Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by naming a bug after her.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University said this week that a new species of praying mantis, from Madagascar, will now be called IIlomantis ginsburgae.
At this point, you're probably wondering why.
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The researchers said they've come up with a new way to identify praying mantises: they will use the female genitalia, rather than that of the male.
The IIlomantis ginsburgae is the first praying mantis to be classified with this method.
In the announcement, the museum likened the breakthrough to the 83-year-old jurist's long-held "commitment to women's rights and gender equality."
In addition, Ginsburg is usually seen wearing a jabot on the neckline of her robe. The researchers said this praying mantis also has a distinctive "neck plate."
Ginsburg had this to say to the Wall Street Journal after hearing the news:
"Gregor Samsa woke up one morning to find himself changed into a big black bug,” she said Thursday, recalling “Metamorphosis,” the 1915 novella by Franz Kafka. “Praying mantis, female too, is ever so much more attractive."
The left-leaning justice has become known among young people on social media as "Notorious R.B.G.", with a Tumblr page devoted to "RBG" news, merchandise and a book about her life.