Taylor Swift: The Millipede



Emma Rodriguez, Writer

Eleven-time Grammy-winner Taylor Swift has secured herself a place in the history books – but this time, it’s dedicated to bugs, not music. A newly discovered millipede, found in Tennessee, has been named after the famous pop star.

Nannaria Swiftae, a twisted-claw millipede, is joined by 16 other new species. The discoveries came after a 17-year state, multi-year project to document different twisted-claw millipedes throughout the Appalachian Mountains.

Derek Hennen, a lead author of the study, said in a press release that he decided to name the millipede after Swift because of the impact her music had on his studies. “Her music helped me get through the highs and lows of graduate school, so naming a new millipede species after her is my way of saying thanks,” he said. 

The Swift twisted-claw millipede, Hennen said, is a “beautiful” millipede, part of a group called cherry millipedes that release a chemical defense against predators that smell like cherries or almonds. “It’s a potent defense against predators, but is harmless to humans,” he added. 

The millipede isn’t the only thing named after Taylor Swift. Swiftie fans and Starbucks drinkers alike can now order the singer’s favorite drink by saying two simple words. Customers who ask for “Taylor’s Latte” or “Taylor’s Version” will receive the singer’s favorite drink: a grande caramel nonfat latte. This latest collaboration between a fast food chain and a celebrity has been launched to celebrate Starbucks’ holiday red-colored cups and the re-release of Swift’s album Red.