Pokemon fan and Ph.D. student Yun proposed the idea of naming the beetles after the legendary birds because he wanted the monikers to refer to the rareness of the species that only have a few specimens. Admittedly, the beetles aren’t quite as brightly colored as their animated namesakes but they are described as being “distinct” as they do have a very slight color variation between them.
Much like Pokemon’s legendary birds, the trio of beetles can be easily identified from one another. Binburrum articuno (far left) has a silvery brown coloring across its body and wings, while Binburrum moltres (middle) has a very distinct two-tone coloring with a golden top-half and a black bottom-half, and the Binburrum zapdos (right) has black wings with a golden prothorax between its body and head.
Pollock noted the importance of naming a species and choosing a name that has not been used before to differentiate between the specimens. He also indicated that more new species of the same genus have been discovered since the paper was published and that they may have referred back to their Pokedex of pocket monsters to assign even more Pokemon names to the insects.
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