On Jan. 3 CNN reports Brazilian scientist Dr. Andre Nemesio has named a Brazilian orchid bee after "Big Bang Theory" Dr. Sheldon Cooper's catchphrase-- bazinga. No this is not one of Sheldon's classic practical jokes, the bee species really is called a bazinga bee. The name was inspired because there is a hope that it will spark interest in the bee that lives primarily in forested areas that are becoming extinct. Without strong action from biologists and nature lovers world wide, they could easily become extinct as well as the forests they live in.
When executive producer Steve Molaro found out about the tribute, he said that Sheldon Cooper would be honored. Behind 'Mothera' and griffins, bees are Sheldon's third favorite winged creature, even though he's allergic to the stinging insects.
There is still a lot to learn about the Euglossa Bazinga, the official name of the bee, but now that it has a name it is likely to attract more attention that will hopefully help to put it on the map and pull the species from extinction.