Stranger Fruit

Only the lonely beetle

Just a brief notice that my ASU colleague Quentin Wheeler has named a species of whirligig beetle after Roy Orbison. Orectochilus orbisonorum, which resides in India “is unique among Indian Gyrinidae and Orectochilus lacordaire, in general, since the ventral surfaces are white as the result of clear areas of cuticle allowing internal tissues to be visible.” The description is to appear in Zootaxa. Quentin, director of the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University, in the past has discovered 65 new species of slime-mold beetle of the genus Agathidium, with one named after Darth Vader and others named for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.