Beyonce Gets Australian Horse Fly Named After Her
Why Beyonce, you ask? Apparently taxonomists thought the fly's unique, golden bottom reminded them of the singer's. Wait ... what?
"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," Bryan Lessard from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) says, also adding the fly is considered to be the "all-time diva of flies."
The Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly inhabits Australia's far north Queensland and was first collected by researchers in 1981, which also happens to be the year Beyonce was born. The scientist also said in his reveal that by naming the fly in honor of a popular celebrity, it gives him "the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy -- the naming of species."
Now that Beyonce's legacy is being carried on through a fly (we're sure her mama's very proud!), she joins a small list of other celebrities who have had small creatures named after them. Sting has a frog -- Hyla stingi -- and Frank Zappa was the inspiration behind naming a rare spider species, Pachygnatha zappa.
Considering that Bey's daughter, Blue Ivy, was rumored to be named after Lucifer's daughter, this is a much more pleasant bit of name-related news for the new mom! Now whenever anyone says that Beyonce stays fly, you can take them literally.