New Species of Wasp Named ‘Odo’


A newly discovered species of wasp has been named after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Odo.

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According to EurekAlert a new species of wasp has been discovered and named Phanuromyia odo. The Odo part of the wasps name does indeed refer to the cantankerous challenging chief of security for Deep Space Nine.

It’s no coincidence that the wasp in question was named after Odo either. The wasp isn’t a changeling, but can vary its appearance quite a bit. Scientists were not sure at first whether they were dealing with one wasp or two.

We don’t know what Odo would think of having a wasp named after him, but we think he would be honored. It seems the type of thing that solids do that even a changeling could appreciate. Changelings love order and putting a name to this wasp is just adding order to the world.

The most famous in Trek bug is of course the Ceti eel. The Ceti eel was used by Khan Noonien Singh to extract information from Captain Clark Terrell and Commander Pavel Chekov. The eel enters through the ear canal and wraps itself around the cerebral cortex of its victim thus making them susceptible to suggestion and control.

An interesting piece of Star Trek trivia is that Gene Roddenberry actually hated that Captain James T. Kirk killed the Ceti eel. Roddenberry thought that Kirk shouldn’t have killed a new lifeform he knew nothing about, even if it did just crawl out of the ear of his friend Chekov. Roddenberry thought this went against the Kirk he had spent time creating in Star Trek: The Original Series.

Let’s hope scientists treat the new Odo wasp like Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and not Kirk from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Read more at EurekAlert.

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