A bee­tle named after Leonardo Dicaprio

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - All The Goss -

Os­car-win­ning ac­tor Leonardo Dicaprio has had a bee­tle named after him in hon­our of his years of en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign­ing. The 43-year-old, who has cam­paigned for the en­vi­ron­ment for many years, cre­ated The Leonardo Dicaprio Foun­da­tion in 1998. The Grou­vel­li­nus leonar­dod­i­caprioi bee­tle was dis­cov­ered at the bot­tom of a wa­ter­fall in Maliau Basin, a re­mote na­ture re­serve in Bor­neo. After find­ing three new species of wa­ter bee­tle, the par­tic­i­pants voted to name one of them after Dicaprio.

Iva Njun­jic, founder of Taxon Ex­pe­di­tions, said: “Tiny and black, this new bee­tle may not win an Os­car for charisma, but in bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion, ev­ery crea­ture counts.”

The Leonardo Dicaprio Foun­da­tion aims to re­duce the im­pact of hu­mans on the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­tect the world’s last wild places. It has awarded over $100 mil­lion (Dh­s367m) in grants since 2010. Other celebri­ties to have in­sects names after them in­clude ac­tress Kate Winslet, who too has a bee­tle named after her. The Scap­tia be­y­on­ceae horse­fly was named after singer Beyonce be­cause of its dense golden hair, and the Gnathia mar­leyi is a par­a­site that feeds on fish in the Caribbean, named after late reg­gae singer Bob Mar­ley.

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