The Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper is known for having two Ph.D’s, an IQ of 187, and for playing the “Words with Friends” app with Stephen Hawking. Now he has added a truly buzzworthy accomplishment to his CV: having his own species of bee. Yes, Sheldon’s zippy catchphrase—Bazinga!—has inspired a scientific finding in the field of evolutionary zoo biology.
Euglossa bazinga – a new species of Brazilian orchid bees – was discovered by Andre Nemesio, a biologist with the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. This misunderstood species had eluded scientists for years, because it apparently shares similar characteristics to the more common Western Brazilian orchid bee. The bee’s tricky nature caused a “bazinga” moment in the world of science—something the Cooper character, played by Jim Parsons, would be proud of.
“We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show,” said Steven Molaro, one of The Big Bang Theory’s executive producers. “Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after ‘Mothra’ and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures.”
New episodes of The Big Bang Theory, currently in its sixth season, air Thursdays on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. And you can catch past episodes on TBS every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night.
You never know what new discovery the Big Bang could inspire next.