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8 Animals “Discovered” in 2019

Reader's Digest Logo By Lela Nargi of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 9: Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg got a special honor this past October: a millimeter-long—dare we say adorable—beetle named in her honor. According to the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom, whose scientist, Michael Darvy, described the tiny bug, it's one of the "smallest known free-living creatures," belonging to the Ptiliidae family. It was collected in Kenya in the late 1960s and not studied until recently. It's thought to live in leaf litter and soil and to eat fungi and, as far as we know, isn't considered a pest, like these Asian lady beetles are.

Nelloptodes gretae beetle

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg got a special honor this past October: a millimeter-long—dare we say adorable—beetle named in her honor. According to the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom, whose scientist, Michael Darvy, described the tiny bug, it's one of the "smallest known free-living creatures," belonging to the Ptiliidae family. It was collected in Kenya in the late 1960s and not studied until recently. It's thought to live in leaf litter and soil and to eat fungi and, as far as we know, isn't considered a pest, like these Asian lady beetles are.

© Courtesy Queensland Museum, Smithsonian, and M.D. Scherz, Shutterstock

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