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Giant cricket named after New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern discovered


The species of wētā – a giant and flightless cricket, native to the Oceanic country – has been called Hemiandrus jacinda apparently because of its red colouring, similar to the Labour Party Ms Ardern is leader of, and its long legs.

Steven Trewick, a professor in evolutionary ecology at Massey University in New Zealand who came up with the title, said he believed the insect “reflected traits of the prime minister”.

He told The Guardian the big cricket and PM were similar because they each “matter to New Zealand a great deal”.

A spokesperson for Ms Ardern said the PM was “aware of this and very honoured”, adding that she previously had “a beetle and a lichen, along with an ant in Saudi Arabia” named after her as well.



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