Earlier this week the entomology world collided with Hollywood when a new species of parasitic wasp was named after a character that Uma Thurman made famous in the Tarantino film, Kill Bill. James Plafke from Geek explains, “The wasp was granted the assassin’s name because it not only follows a deadly lifestyle, but bears a resemblance to Kiddo’s iconic yellow and black jumpsuit from the movies.”
This is not the first case of something non human being named after a celebrity. Carnegie Deli has made an art form out of naming deli items after stars that have frequented their restaurant. (The “Woody Allen” is a popular choice!) It has become somewhat common for new flowers to be named after celebrities. Laws also take on famous names. The Steven Tyler Act is a recent one that has been in the news.
Check out this list of celebrities and the species (mostly insects) named after them.