In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.
I learned a lot of things I hadn't known from the many great biographical pieces written since the loss of Lou Reed earlier this week. Like, did you know that there is an Israeli spider named after him? A few clicks later and I learned that there are insects named after quite a few artists I love. This week's Five 'n' Five pairs five such pests with their related theme songs.
Gnathia marleyi: "Could You Be Loved" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
A species of West Indian crustacean said to be "as uniquely Caribbean as was Bob Marley." As prevalent in Jamaica as "One Love" blaring from Club Med speakers.
Heteropoda davidbowie: "Let's Dance" - David Bowie
This large, yellow and hairy Malaysian spider was named for Bowie in order to raise awareness for the endangered species. It's also known to wear lightning bolt makeup and canoodle with supermodels.
Scaptia beyonceae: "Bootylicious" - Destiny's Child
This Australian horse fly was named after Beyoncé because of its unusually curvy body and shiny gold abdomen. Not to be confused with the as yet undiscovered Scaptia kardashianae.
Pachygnatha zappa and Phialella zappai: "Joe's Garage" - Frank Zappa
Two distinct insect species are named after Frank Zappa. The former is a spider with a black marking under it's abdomen that is reminiscent of Zappa's moustache. Upon learning of this, Zappa said, "There is nothing I'd like better than having a jellyfish named after me." Cut to the latter, discovered by a scientist who named it in a (successful) ploy to meet the artist.
Loureedia annulipes: "Walk on the Wild Side" - Lou Reed
This is literally a velvet spider that lives underground. A "crawl" on the wild side anyone?