What is the binomial name of the horsefly species that’s golden backside inspired a 24-year old researcher to name it after a pop star in January 2012?
Beyoncé may be one of the biggest pop divas out there, but she isn’t the only diva with that name. A previously un-named species of horse fly with a glamorous golden rear end has been named Beyoncé because it is the “all-time diva of flies,” researchers say.
Scaptia beyonceae is a species of horse fly found in the Atherton Tablelands in north-east Queensland, Australia. Discovered in 1981 but not scientifically described until 2011, the fly is named after American recording artist and actress Beyoncé.
Bryan Lessard, a researcher from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, is responsible for officially describing the fly and naming it Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae, according to the Australian National Insect Collection.