Researchers were apparently inspired to name the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae after the singer because of its prominent golden rear end.
“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,” Bryan Lessard from Australia’s science agency CSIRO said.
The rare Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae species of horse fly was collected in 1981 (the year that Beyonce was born) together with two other previously unknown specimens from northeast Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands.
Lessard says that the fly’s golden butt makes it the “all-time diva of flies.”
Queensland farmers apparently consider the fly a pest, despite that fact that it pollinates many plants.
Beyoncé isn’t the first celebrity to be honored with her own species. Traditionally named after scientists involved in their discovery, organisms have also been linked to the likes of Harrison Ford, Matt Groening (creator of “The Simpsons”), Mick Jagger and other celebrities, including a beetle named after Roy Orbison.
Beyoncé is yet to make a public statement about the honor of having a rare horsefly named after her. Maybe she is too busy with her own larva…I mean baby.