This just in from the science desk. A previously unnamed species of horse fly has now been given a moniker in honor of Beyonce, because said insect is “the all-time diva of flies,” researchers tell Live Science.
Bryan Lessard, a researcher from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, is responsible for the fly’s official name – Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae.
“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to
name this fly in honor of the performer Beyonc� as well as giving me
the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of
species,” says Lessard, in a statement.
Beyonce is nowhere near the first celebrity to have an insect named after her. Others include Jerry Garcia and the wood roach (Cryptocercus garciai), Greta Garbo and a wasp (Rostropria garbo) and Harrison Ford, who has two – a spider (Calponia harrisonfordi) and an ant (Pheidole harrisonfordi).