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  • Researchers Name Rare Species of Fly After Beyonce

    Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:00:41

    Researchers Name Rare Species of Fly After Beyonce - That's a first for her!

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    Beyoncé is not just music royalty. She's now a rare breed of horsefly!

    Researchers in Australia have renamed a breed of horsefly after the Queen Bee, er, fly.

    The insect was first discovered in 1981, which was the year Bey was born. It will now be called Scaptia (Plinthina) Beyonceae.

    Scientists claim it was the insect's hair that actually reminded them of Beyoncé, and hence, why they named it as such. Really? Really!

    Bryan Lessard of Australia's science agency CSIRO 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 Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species." When's Blue Ivy getting her own fly species?

    Should Beyoncé be flattered by a rare horsefly being named after her?

    —Ella Marchesa
    01.16.12



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