Rock & Roll Animals: 22 Weird Creatures Named After Superstars

Freddie Mercury, Jerry Garcia, the Beatles and more artists have inspired the scientific names of rare species

Cryptocercus garciai (Jerry Garcia, wood roach)

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Grateful Dead fans used to a different kind of roach might be surprised to know that there’s also an actual insect named after the leader of the original jam band kings. Garcia also has an asteroid named after him, christened by two Deadhead astronomers.

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