Dr. Bob Anderson is an Ottawa-based entomologist at the Beaty Centre for Species Discovery. Dominican Republic-born Joey Bautista is a right-fielder and third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. These two people may not seem like they fit together, but now they do.
Anderson was in the Dominican Republic looking at weevils when he discovered a new species of the small beetle. He had always flirted with naming a new species of insect after Bautista, and he finally decided to do it.
Anderson explained to the Ottawa Citizen that the inspiration came from seeing Bautista play a game in 2015:
“It was a statement home run and he punctuated it with an ‘in your face’ bat flip, which has now been immortalized in baseball lore. I had been working on describing some new weevils from the West Indies, including some from the Dominican Republic, so I began to think about naming a species after him. It was just one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions.”
Everyone, here’s your first look at the Sicoderus bautistai.
— Andrew Foote (@amkfoote) November 22, 2018
And meet its discoverer, Dr. Bob Anderson.
— Sandro Marcon (@srmarcon) November 22, 2018
People were pretty grossed out by the insect.
If I had to guess, this is it's eye, which is actually more terrifying pic.twitter.com/oSng51tgrZ
— Thomas Adams (@ThomasA40384397) November 23, 2018
Some were strangely entranced by it.
This bug looks like an alien.
— uuɐʍs sǝןıɯ (@swannmiles1231) November 23, 2018
It’s adorable looks like something you make in spores
— Garret (@garretmonsma) November 23, 2018
What a strange looking Pokemon
— Double Yoshi Exploshi (@ChristmeWorld) November 23, 2018
Why do i find it cute D:
— tin 💜 (@aWishOnASky) November 23, 2018
And many thought it looked like something out of an alien movie.
Didn't they just see UFOs in like Australia? Now you're telling me about this "new bug"? pic.twitter.com/29O8MJgfIz
— A-Aron (@AaronLeonard75) November 23, 2018
That's not an insect, that's an alien.
— 𝓕𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓭𝓲𝓪 🌹 (@_Fastidia_) November 23, 2018
Are you sure this is real and not an H.R. Giger creation? lol
— 🍔Skid Row Trash🎮 (@SkidRowTrash) November 23, 2018
No word yet on what Bautista thinks of this honor.