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  1. I love it that this beetle is named after the poet!

    I did a quick internet search of species named after writers and found a few others of interest. Longfellow has a couple of wasps named after him, as do Keats, Dante, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Thoreau, & Emerson (I guess there are a lot of wasps around to be named…or maybe wasp entomologists are particularly fond of poets?); Sappho’s name has been given to both a butterfly and a hummingbird, and Nabokov’s to a butterfly (naturally).

    Oddly, I found no beetle named after Kafka.

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