Bazinga Bee Species Names After The Big Bang Theory Catch-Phrase

Bazinga Bee2013 has barely started, and we already have a contender for the craziest news item of the year. A brand new species of bee has been named after a popular chatch-phrase used by Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.

The new species of Brazilian orchid bee has been named Euglossa bazinga after Dr. Cooper’s catch-phrase Bazinga. Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia discovered the new species of orchid bee, which bears a striking resemblance to the Euglossa ignita, (or more common Western Brazilian orchid bee). It’s because of the similar characteristics between the bees that they were not previously discovered as a separate species. It’s

Steven Molaro, one of The Big Bang Theory’s executive producers, acknowledged the unprecedented honor on behalf of the show and Dr. Cooper. “We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show. Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after ‘Mothra’ and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures.”

The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursdays at 8 PM ET on CBS.