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Buzzing through air and space: New species of bee named after Canadian astronaut

Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is hit in the head by a paper airplane as he takes part in a paper airplane toss with some 60 grade five students in Coquitlam, B.C. Thursday, April 17, 2014. A Saskatchewan scientist has named a new species of bee after Canadian astronaut Hadfield. Dr. Cory Sheffield says while cataloguing insect specimens in the collection of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum he came across a unique looking female bee.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
June 29, 2020 - 10:06 AM

REGINA - A Saskatchewan scientist has named a new species of bee after Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Cory Sheffield says he came across a unique looking female bee while cataloguing insect specimens in a collection with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina.

The museum's curator of invertebrate zoology says that after examining the specimen for a second time, he determined it to be a new species of bee.

He named the new species Andrena hadfieldi.

Sheffield writes about the discovery and his decision to name it after Hadfield in an paper published in Journal of Hymenoptera Research.

He says he greatly respects Hadfield, who has also become a renowned speaker and science educator.

“After I had finished my research on the specimen and confirmed that it was indeed a new species, I thought of Colonel Hadfield, someone I have immense respect for,” Sheffield said in a statement Monday.

He said he asked Hadfield for permission to name the bee after him.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2020.

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