Willie Nelson has been accorded just about every honor a legendary musician can receive - GRAMMYs, ACM's, CMA's - but this is a new one.
Scientist JoVonn Hill and his team have been researching the Edwards Plateau region of central Texas - near where Willie Nelson was born and raised. The scientists have discovered seven previously undiscovered species of flightless grasshopper - and have named one of those species after the country icon.
"Melanoplus nelsoni and Melanoplus walkeri immortalize the enduring contributions of these legendary musicians and their connection to Texas," said Dr. Hill, having named the two species of grasshopper after Willie and late country legend Jerry Jeff Walker. Though Hill works out of Mississippi State University, he says, "After these last few summers [of field studies], just like Mr. Nelson, we, too, have a little Texas in our souls."