Beyonce is officially taking over the world: the singer recently had a horse fly named after her, the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae. Researchers at the Australian National Insect Collection first collected the Beyonce fly in 1981, Knowles’ birth year, but that isn’t why the fly earned its moniker.
“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,” said Bryan Lessard of CSIRO. “Although often considered a pest, many species of horse fly are extremely important pollinators of many plants.” Lessard also called the fly the “all-time diva of flies.”
Are you surprised that a bug has been named after Beyonce?