Horse Fly 'Diva' Named After Beyonce
Last week, a beetle was named after Robert Redford and David Hasselhoff was honored with a new species of hairy deep-ocean crab. This week? Pop singer Beyoncé has been immortalized as a blood-sucking, Australian horse fly. Break out the bubbly!
Researcher Bryan Lessard says the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly, found in north Queensland, Australia, is the “all-time diva of flies” because of its unusual golden-colored booty.
“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy — the naming of species,” he said.
While this species of horse fly is considered a pest, it does play a vital role in the pollination of several plants. It was first identified in 1981, the same year Beyoncé was born.
The 30-year-old, who recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Blue Ivy Carter, has yet to comment on the fly honor. Something tells me she’s got a lot more important things buzzing around in her life…