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A newly described parasitic wasp is named after Daenerys Targaryen from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and TV show Game of Thrones.

Jun 29, 2018
Sukanya Charuchandra
Eadya daenerys 
RYAN D. RIDENBAUGH

Scientists have recently cataloged a species of wasp, naming it Eadya daenerys, after the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, from Game of Thrones. This wasp parasitizes leaf beetles that are a threat to Eucalyptus trees, which are a growing resource worldwide. 

R.D. Ridenbaugh et al., “Description of four new species of Eadya (Hymenoptera, Braconidae), parasitoids of the Eucalyptus Tortoise Beetle (Paropsis charybdis) and other Eucalyptus defoliating leaf beetles,” J Hymenopt Res, doi:10.3897/jhr.64.24282, 2018.