Fly with "gold-colored" rear end named after Beyonce

In an article posted on MSNBC.com, Live Science writer Jennifer Welsh reports that a previously unnamed species of horse fly has been named Beyonce. According to the report, Bryan Lessard-a researcher from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization-came up with the name naming it Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae because the fly had a a glamorous golden rear end. In other words, as the report pointed out, the fly was "Bootylicious."

A photo of the horse fly named after Beyonce provided by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Screenshot of image posted on MSNBC.com)

 

In an article posted on MSNBC.com, Live Science writer Jennifer Welsh reports that a previously unnamed species of horse fly has been named Beyonce. According to the report, Bryan Lessard-a researcher from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization-came up with the name naming it Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae because the fly had a a glamorous golden rear end. In other words, as the report pointed out, the fly was "Bootylicious."

 

Welsh pointed out that Beyonce isn’t the only celebrity who’s been given the "species name honor." She recalled that Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford has a species of spiders and ants named after him, while The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has a crab species bearing his name. Welsh said that more celebrities have "lent their name to science."

 

As for the Beyonce fly, Welsh’s article further revealed that it was actually collected in from northeast Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands way back in 1981, the year that Beyonce was born. Welsh also quoted Lessard, who said, "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 as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy-the naming of species."

 

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