Who isn’t scared of the dreaded wasp? Here’s one that’ll change your perception of the insect. A biologist in New Zealand have named a newly discovered species of wasps after Lucius Malfoy, one of Harry Potter's arch-nemesis in the popular fantasy fiction series. Lusius malfoyi, is a non-stinging species of wasps and one of the 3000 insects found in New Zealand. Tom Saunders, a Potterhead himself, is a researcher from the University of Auckland. He named it after one of the main villains in the series, Lucious Malfoy, to redeem the reputation of wasps.Lucious Malfoy, the father of Draco Malfoy, was responsible for a lot of mayhem in the Harry Potter series. Apart from plotting to remove Albus Dumbledore from the post of the headmaster of Hogwarts School, he was also responsible of opening the chamber of secrets. However, Malfoy abandons Voldermort’s army and consequently, redeems his sins.
"People see wasps as villains, as the 'bad guys.' But the truth is that the vast majority of wasp species are either neutral or beneficial, from a human standpoint. Just as Lucius Malfoy is pardoned after separating from Voldemort's allies, I'm asking people to pardon wasps in order to restore their reputation as interesting, important creatures," he told CNN.
By using the name of a popular fictional character, Saunders wanted to spark a conversation about wasps that act as natural pesticides. Saunders, with support from the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity at the University of Auckland, wants to highlight the declining population of the species of insects that New Zealand. "There are more species of parasitoid wasps than fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals combined. They are used in New Zealand and around the world to control pests that would otherwise require far more money and pesticides to combat," he told CNN.
According to National Geographic, of the 30,000 species of wasps currently known to mankind only a fraction sting. They are mostly solitary creatures and do more good than harm by controlling pest populations.