As a tribute to pop star Taylor Swift, superfan and entomologist Derek Hennen has named a millipede species after the “Willow” singer.
According to NPR, the 2020 Ph.D. graduate from Virginia Tech partnered with fellow researchers Jackson Means and Paul Marek to introduce 17 new twisted-claw millipede species in a recent article published in ZooKeys. One of the species, which Hennen discovered in Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park, has been dubbed the Swift twisted-claw millipede, also known as Nannaria swiftae.
Hennen, 32, said he chose the name as a “thank you” to the Grammy Award-winning artist, whose music helped him “through tough times” and brought him joy, according to CNN.
Hopefully, Swift won’t shake off the unusual homage, which was meant as a compliment, Hennen told CNN.
“For a scientist, naming a species after someone is intended to be an honor, so I hope she views it positively,” said Hennen, who also named a species for his wife.
Here are some memorable photos of Taylor Swift through the years.
2006: Country singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 41st annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2006, in Las Vegas.
2007: Music artist Taylor Swift performs during the Academy of Country Music New Artists’ Party for a Cause show at the MGM Grand Conference Center on May 14, 2007, in Las Vegas.
2008: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 50th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008, in Los Angeles.
2009: Kanye West (left) jumps onstage after Taylor Swift (center) won the "Best Female Video" award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009, in New York City.
2010: Musicians Kary Perry and Taylor Swift during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Salute to Icons Honoring Doug Morris held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010, in Beverly Hills, California.
2011: Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez perform onstage during the "Speak Now World Tour" at Madison Square Garden on November 22, 2011, in New York City.
2012: Taylor Swift performs onstage during the MTV EMA’s 2012 at Festhalle Frankfurt on November 11, 2012, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
2013: Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
2014: Musician Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.
2015: Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.
2016: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.
2017: Musician Taylor Swift performs onstage during the Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic on February 4, 2017, in Houston.
2018: Taylor Swift attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles.
2019: Taylor Swift performs during the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019, in New York City.
2020: Taylor Swift attends the 2020 Sundance Film Festival "Miss Americana" Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2020, in Park City, Utah.
2021: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, and Aaron Dessner accept the Album of the Year award for "Folklore" onstage during the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021, in Los Angeles.
2021: Taylor Swift attends the "All Too Well" New York Premiere on November 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
2021: Writer-director Taylor Swift attends a premiere for the short film "All Too Well" at AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
2022: Taylor Swift speaks during a graduation ceremony for New York University at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
2022: Taylor Swift waves to graduates as she participates in a graduation ceremony for New York University at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour at Lumen Field on July 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)