Insect Named For Beyonce


I whine about wanting a star named after me every Valentine’s Day when the commercials start running on the radio. “Beyonce probably has a star named after her,” I grumble.  Now she’s got a creature named for her as well. Research scientists in Australia have renamed a species of horse-fly, discovered in 1981, after the beautiful blonde singer. 

Bryan Lessard, from Australia’s science agency CSIRO, says, “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.”

The fly will now be known as, Scaptia (Plinthina) Beyonceae.

Is the world of botanical research science aware of the fact that Beyonce now has a daughter named Blue Ivy?



One Comment

  1. michelle says:

    I find it slightly insulting. They are calling it the fly with the “golden booty”. This has an unspoken implication that Beyonce’s butt is “golden”. The song “Bootylicious” is a sexy and fun pop song. To name something after someone based on associating them with a body part is sexist and crude, really. If the scientist wanted to honor the female butt, he should have called it the Kim K. fly. At least that is actually Kim K.’s talent.

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