Scientists Look To A Poster To Name A New Species Of Wasp The wasp species is only centimeters in length. When it came time to find a name, researchers' eyes fixed on a Brad Pitt poster in the lab. They named the species: Conobregma bradpitti.

Scientists Look To A Poster To Name A New Species Of Wasp

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Green. Brad Pitt is many things - actor, professional good-looker and do-gooder. Now another thing to add to this list - scientists in South Africa discovered a new species of wasp. Only two centimeters in length, it's a parasite that lays eggs in caterpillars. So where does the actor come in? Well, researchers had a Brad Pitt poster in their lab. When it was time to name their discovery, all they had to do was look up. They named the species, Conebregma bradpitti. It's MORNING EDITION.

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