By Lynette Rice
Updated January 02, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
Nemésio & Ferrari 2012

The Big Bang Theory

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The enormous popularity of Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory has at least one egghead buzzing in Brazil. A biologist there decided to pay tribute to a new bee species by giving it a name that’s associated with Jim Parsons’ role on the CBS comedy.

Meet the Euglossa bazinga (above) — a “misunderstood” orchid bee that looks awfully similar to the more common western Brazilian orchid bee. Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia discovered the new species and decided to dub it by using Dr. Cooper’s fun catchphrase. “Sheldon Cooper’s favorite comic word bazinga, used by him when tricking somebody, was here chosen to represent the character,” according to a paper written by Nemesio and his team. “Euglossa bazinga has tricked us for some time due to its similarity to E. ignita, what led us to use bazinga.”

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“We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show,” said Executive Producer Steven Molaro in a statement. “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.”

The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, and Wolowitz, Amy, Bernadette—the gang keeps growing. Bazinga!

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