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.”
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