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.