Bono Gets New Namesake

A newly-identified species of spider living in California’s Joshua Tree National Park has been named after Bono.

Nearly three dozen new species of the cleverly named trapdoor spider, which hides from prey beneath a self-made hatch, have been identified, three of them from Joshua Tree National Park. The female trapdoor spiders live 20 years or longer, while the males live about five years.

Biologist Jason Bond of Auburn University in Alabama recently discovered 33 new species of trapdoor spider. Bond named two of those spiders after Native American tribes and called the third A. bonoi after the U2 frontman.


See a trapdoor spider in action. Warning: Unlike Bono,¬†IT’S DISGUSTING!

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