Aha ha

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Aha ha
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Crabronidae
Genus: Aha
Species: A. ha
Binomial name
Aha ha
Menke, 1977[1]
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A. ha distribution

Aha ha is a species of Australian wasp, named by the entomologist Arnold Menke in 1977 as a joke. Menke described several years after its discovery how, when he received a package from a colleague containing insect specimens, he exclaimed "Aha, a new genus", with fellow entomologist Eric Grissell responding "ha" doubtfully.[2] The name of the insect is commonly found in lists of bizarre scientific names.[3] The name was also used as the vehicle registration plate of Menke's car, "AHA HA".[4]


  1. ^ Menke, Arnold S. (1977). "Aha, a new genus of Australian Sphecidae, and revised key to the world genera of the tribe Miscophini (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae, Larrinae)". Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne. 47: 671–681. ISSN 0032-3780. OCLC 457011738. 
  2. ^ Evans, Howard E. (1983). Menke, Arnold S., ed. "Tales from the Outback: The Discovery of Aha ha (Sphecidae, Miscophini)" (PDF). Sphecos. 7: 14. 
  3. ^ "Park Science 2" (PDF). 1982. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-30. 
  4. ^ Arnold S. Menke (1993). "Funny or Curious Zoological Names". Bogus Volumino Negatori Doso. University of California, Riverside: 24–27.