updated 01/04/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/04/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
Take it from The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons: playing a nerd on TV definitely has its perks.
The science world is paying tribute to the actor’s Emmy-winning TV physicist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, by naming a new species of Brazilian orchid bee after his character’s goofy catchphrase, Bazinga!
Known formally as the Euglossa bazinga, the bug was discovered by Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. Since the bee shares many similarities with the Euglossa ignita (also called the Western Brazilian orchid bee), the fact that they are now known as two completely separate species is a bazinga! to the science world, hence the name.
Socially awkward Sheldon would no doubt be proud of the achievement the science community has bestowed upon him.
“We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show,” Steven Molaro, an executive producer for The Big Bang Theory, said 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.”