While we do not normally cover Biology news at Gamnesia, this story was just too awesome to pass up. A student from Canada named one of the eight species of bee he discovered as part of his Biology master’s program after the beloved Pokémon Charizard. The “Stem-Nesting Charizard,” or “Chilicola charizard,” is a member of of the Polyester bee family, a species of bee known for its cellophane-like secretion that protects its nest from natural dangers such as water.
Much like the preferred mountainous habitats of the Flying/Fire-type Pokémon, Charizard can be found in the mountains of Chile. The bee also has similar physical features such as a long, dragon-like snout and broad hind legs. While the Stem-Nesting Charizard is naturally brown with yellow markings, if the bee is preserved after death, the yellow markings will turn orange similar to the color scheme of the Pokémon.
Spencer Monckton, the student who discovered and named the bee, is now a PhD student at the University of Guelph in Canada, where he studies sawfly systematics and phylogeography. He has had his work on bees published in ZooKeys, a publicly accessible scientific portal. Check it out if you are interested in more information on the Charizard and his other discoveries!
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