News:A tiny species of beetle discovered more than 50 years ago has been named after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
About Nelloptodes gretae:
- Scientists have officially named Nelloptodes gretae after Greta Thunberg to honour her contribution in raising global awareness of climate change.
- The species belongs to the family of beetles called Ptiliidae.The beetle has no eyes or wings.It is less than 1mm long.
- Despite their global distribution,the beetle are not particularly well known because of their miniature size.
- The beetles are usually found in the leaf litter and soil, feeding on fungal hyphae and spores.
- This new species of beetle was first found in 1965 by British naturalist Dr William C Block in Nairobi,Kenya.