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Chewbacca Beetle! New species of beetle named after Chewbacca from Star Wars

by Brandon Russell | April 28, 2016April 28, 2016 12:00 pm PST

A new weevil discovered by researchers in Papua New Guinea have picked a famous name for the flightless insect, saying it reminded them of a legendary Wookie. The type of beetle, named Trigonopterus Chewbacca, reminded scientists of Han Solo’s famous sidekick for the dense scales found on its head and legs.

Do you see the resemblance, because I sure don’t? Be that as it may, the tiny beetle— standing at just a mere 2.78 to 3.13 mm long—isn’t quite as charming as the 7 foot 6-inch tall Wookie Star Wars fans have come to know and love.

Trigonopterus Chewbacca was one of four beetles discovered in the island of New Britain, Papa New Guinea; the weevil beetles are among the first to be discovered on the island, according to ZooKeys.

Here’s what the study had to say:

This epithet is a noun in apposition and based on the likable fictional character Chewbacca in George Lucas’ Star Wars movies, portrayed primarily by Peter Mayhew. This special has dense scaled on the head and the legs, which reminds the authors of Chewbacca’s dense fur.

I would have been okay with a new species of bear being named after the famous Star Wars character, but a beetle? Sure, fine. This isn’t the first time Chewbacca’s name has been bestowed upon a new insect; a moth and wasp were also given the name, proving that scientists are huge Star Wars fans.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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