Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been honoured in a very small, but special way. Britain’s Natural History Museum named a tiny, blind, wingless beetle after the 16 year climate activist for her “outstanding contributions” to raising global awareness about climate change.
The tiny anthropoid, which has no eyes or wings, and is less than 1mm long belongs to the Ptiliidae family of beetles. The honey-coloured beetle was first discovered by Dr Willian C Block in 1960’s during excavations in Kenyas capital city of Nairobi. His collection of discoveries, including the beetle were donated to the Natural History Museum in 1979, but remained nameless until Natural History Museum scientific associate, Micheal Darby, stepped in. The previously unnamed beetle is now called “Nelloptodes Gretae Darby” in honour of the young climate activist.
Darby, said, “I chose this name as I am immensely impressed with the work of this young campaigner and wanted to acknowledge her outstanding contribution in raising awareness of environmental issues.”
Thunburg became world famous when she inspired youth climate protests that took place in more than 100 cities across the globe. She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, which was later awarded to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,for resolving the border conflict with neighboring country Eritrea.
Image: Natural History Museum.