January 17, 2012 06:59 AM by Lisa Princ
Beyonce, who just gave birth to her new daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, may be used to getting honored, but now she is getting a very strange honor: an insect is being named after her! That’s right, the former Destiny’s Child singer, who has frequented American Idol, will now have a “bootylicious” and “diva-like” fly named after her! Read on for the full scoop!
A fly named after Beyonce? Absolutely! According to the Australian National Insect Collection, Bryan Lessard, a researcher from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia, is responsible for officially naming a fly Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae. How did he come up with the name and association to the popular singer? It’s simple – the fly just happens to be “bootylicious,” a tune which Beyonce is famous for – and he wanted to pay respect to the fly’s beauty. So who better to name it after than Beyonce?
Bryan Lessard recently said in a statement: “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.” While Bryan Lessard has not heard from Beyonce since the announcement, which is probably because she is busy enjoying her new baby, he is a huge fan of hers and hopes that she will take the naming of the insect as a compliment.
The rare horseflies were described by Bryan Lessard as: “vital pollinators of native plants, not just in Australia, but all over the world.” “This would put Beyonce in the nature history books forever,” said Bryan Lessard, adding: “It’s extremely important to name all the undescribed species so we can measure our human impact on the environment and hopefully protect it for future generations to enjoy.”
What do you think about Beyonce getting a “bootylicious” fly named after her? We think it’s pretty cool, and can’t wait to hear what the superstar singer has to say about it! Comment below and share your thoughts with us!
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