Beyonce fly named after singer
January 15, 2012 | 12 comments
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A species of fly has been named after the singer Beyonce due to its distinctive golden posterior.
"It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species," said Bryan Lessard. The Scaptia beyonceae fly is found in Queensland, Australia and was first collected in the year of Beyonce's birth, 1981.
The name complies with the rules set by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, which allows for species to receive names honouring people, including celebrities.
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