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Beyonce, Fly: Flashy-Bottomed Bug Named After Singer

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Australian scientist have named a rare horse fly after none other than Beyonce. But what was it that encouraged the taxonomists to name the insect after the superstar? Apparently its unique, golden bottom reminded them of the ‘Bootylicious‘ singer!

The Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly inhabits Australia’s far north Queensland and was first collected by researchers in 1981, the year of Beyonce’s birth. Bryan Lessard from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) claimed that the bug’s bright behind makes it one of the “all-time diva of flies.” On the other hand, the fly is mostly considered a pest. That doesn’t sound very diva-like to us.

“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honor of the performer Beyonce,” Lessard wrote in his paper, published in the Australian Journal of Entomology. The golden hairs extend to what appears to be the bug’s backside.

The scientist also noted that naming the fly for a popular celebrity gave him “the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy — the naming of species.”

CSIRO reported that it has contacted Beyonce for a response, but has yet to hear back from the singer. The new mama is busy tending to newborn baby Blue Ivy, after all.

Bey is not the first star to have a species named after her. Sting has a frog, Hyla stingi, named for him and Frank Zappa inspired the name of a spider, Pachygnatha zappa.

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