Yes, you read that right. Idris Elba has his own wasp species and it could help us save broccoli. 

A tiny new species of wasp which kills an invasive pest that threatens several crops in India has been named after British actor and musician Idris Elba. Why, you ask? Well, because he played the character Heimdall in a number of Marvel movies including Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. Still doesn’t make sense? Maybe you are just stupid. Or maybe it actually does not make much sense. 

The parasitic wasp was recently discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico, where it was found to parasitise the eggs of an invasive stink bug, known as the bagrada bug, which is a major pest of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage. Researchers suggest that the species might prove to be a Heimdall-like “protector” for many crops. They say the discovery of this wasp marks an important step towards the development of efficient and natural control of the stink bug species Bagrada hilaris in North America.

So many sexes. A Paris zoo has unveiled a mysterious new organism, named the “blob”, a yellowish unicellular living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal.

This newest exhibit of the Paris Zoological Park has no mouth, no stomach, no eyes, but has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half.

“The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries”, said Bruno David, director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, of which the Zoological Park is part.

“It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other,” David added.

The blob was named after a 1958 science-fiction horror B-movie, in which an alien life form consumes everything that stands in it’s way in a small US town.

Now you have.

According to this video made by the BBC, sea cucumbers are so disguisting that no predator wants to touch them. When the cunning pearlfish realized that, they decided to hide inside of their buttholes. What a revolutionary idea! It changes my whole outlook on butts.

The sea cucumber is a “walking colon” – an animal that sucks in sand along the ocean floor, then squirts waste out the back end. To the pearlfish, that back end is attractive. In search of a good home, it finds a sea cucumber butt and slides right in. It is such a comfortable house that it invites her pearlfish family and friends to joint it. Everyone is welcome. 

Next time the police wants to arrest me for riding a bike without a light and illegal posession of a raccoon, I’ll go to the zoo and hide inside an elephant’s butt. Even if they read this, I’m pretty sure they won’t try looking for me there.

 

Police in Wellington, New Zealand received a report about a little blue penguin in the city center, near a sushi stall over the weekend. They have captured it and released the animal back into the harbor.

A few days later the little bird returned with an accomplice showing no regard for our silly human laws. Officers said they started building a nest beneath a sushi stall at Wellington Railway Station, in the heart of the city.

After luring them out with salmon, the police again sent the seabirds back to the water, while wildlife officers sealed up the sushi stall’s nooks and crannies to prevent any re-offending.

Department of Conservation manager Jack Mace said their breeding season is starting soon and they were searching for safe places “to set up shop to lay eggs later on.” Safe and close to sushi grade fish. Smart birds.