May 12, 2014


Wiggle-Inducing Wasp Species Named After Shakira

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Shakira's famous hips have officially made their way to the animal kingdom. 

Aleiodes shakirae is the given name of a recently discovered parasitic wasp that injects its eggs into a caterpillar, causing the host insect to shake, wiggle and jiggle just like the Colombian singer. 

Here's how it happens: Females inject their egg into a particular type of caterpillar—no matter if said caterpillar has any "Objection" or says "No"—where the egg later hatches. 

The host caterpillar remains alive for a time while the wasp larva lets their inner "She Wolf" out and slowly eats its insides—which sounds like "Tortura" to us. The baby wasp becomes "Empire" of the bug, causing the caterpillar to squirm about until it dies. The wasp larva forms a cocoon inside the deceased insect until they eventually fly out to go "Underneath Your Clothes" "Whenever, Whenever" or find a new caterpillar to prey on.

Shaki isn't the only celeb to get a new wasp named after her: Aleiodes shakirae is one of 24 new species recently found in Ecuador. Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and John Stewart all got bugs named after them, but none sound as cool as Shakira's.