Praying Mantis Named After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The species' full name is IIlomantis ginsburgae

There’s a new species of praying mantis named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to NBC News. 

"The new species from Madagascar was named in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for her relentless fight for gender equality," a news release from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History said. 

The species' full name, according to authors Dr. Gavin Svenson from the museum and Case Western Reserve University’s Sydney Brannoch, is IIlomantis ginsburgae (ill-oh-mantis ginnz-BURG-ee). 

Ginsburg's famous jabots, the neck accessories she invariably wears on the bench and for public occasions, also played a part. The IIlomantis ginsburgae has a distinctive, jabot-like neckplate.

Contact Us