Scientists in the UK have named a new group of butterflies after Sauron, a character from the popular movie and book series the Lord of the Rings.
Sorona butterflies have orange wings with black rings. They remind researchers at the Natural History Museum in London of the evil Burning Eye of Sauron.
Sorona butterflies were discovered by a group of thirty scientists. They studied the DNA of more than 400 different species of butterflies and discovered two species similar to Sauron. They are now christened in the triangle Saurona and Saurona aurigera. Scientists believe that there are more types of Saurona.
The museum hopes the catchy name of the butterflies will draw more attention to the collection and thus further research.
Saurona butterflies weren’t the first animals named after Sauron. The dung beetle, frog and dinosaur were previously named after the villain the Lord of the Rings.
“Professional web ninja. Certified gamer. Avid zombie geek. Hipster-friendly baconaholic.”
The new Ghostbusters movie poster defaces the iconic logo
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 1
Amsterdam is once again the battleground for the famous Call of Duty: Rijksmuseum, CS and Muiderslot