New Spider Species Named After Stephen Colbert

Stephen ColbertHe’s won three Emmy Awards, has his own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor and there’s even a Virgin America airplane that bears his name. Now, Stephen Colbert’s being honored with his own arachnid.

According to The Associated Press, East Carolina University associate professor Jason Bond has named a species of trapdoor spider Aptostichus stephencolberti, to pay tribute to the politically-minded comic and host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Bond discovered the new species along the California coast last year.

Bond will appear on Colbert’s show on Wednesday to present his findings. The move follows demands made by Colbert that a spider species be named after him; he made that demand after learning Bond had named a spider for rocker Neil Young.