U2 frontman Bono has had a new species of spider named after him.
Jason Bond, a biologist at Auburn University in Alabama who discovered 33 new creatures during his expedition, decided to name the trapdoor spider after the Irishman as it can be found in the Joshua Tree National Park in California. This was the location which the band named their hit 1987 album after.
Bond has called the spider A. Bonoi in homage to the frontman, and it can also be found in Nevada, Arizona and California.
Spinner.com states, “The spider is known for creating burrows and then lining them with silk. The species then constructs a trap door made of silk, sand, and other materials, waiting for insects to enter or come nearby to prey on.”
Two other species of spider that were discovered at Joshua Tree were named after Native American tribes, A. chemehuevi and A. serrano.
Other personalities who have been named after animals have included Barack Obama, and Stephen Colbert. In the past Bond has also named a similar trapdoor spider after Neil Young. This occurred in 2008 when he labelled one of the genus Myrmekiaphilia neilyoungi.
Bono is yet to comment on the honor, as the band are hard at work on their 13th album. He added about the recording process, “They’re mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don’t care if it takes 10 years – they don’t care if it never happens again, they just want to get it right. Within the band we’ve been calling it ’10 Reasons To Exist’ – but I will tell you we might have at least six of them.”