Beyonce may have just given birth, but she continues to uphold her Bootylicious qualities, so-much-so, a rare Australian fly -- heralded for its beautiful back-side -- has been named after her.
The rare horsefly discovered by 24-year-old researcher, Bryan Lessard, was named Scaptia Plinthina Beyonceae, to pay respect to the insect's beauty, The Associated Press reported. Lessard is a fan of the singer and said it was the only name worthy of the fly that exhibited a golden-haired booty. Lessard calls the fly Bootylicious, referencing the song Beyonce sang with her group Destiny's Child.
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, Lessard told MTV, as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy - the naming of species.
The fly was captured in 1981 and taken to Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organization, the same year the singer Beyonce was born. According to MTV, the name is in compliance with the set of rules administered by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature that allows insect species to have names honoring people. Sting and Frank Zappa have also had insects named after them, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Beyonce has recently made headlines for giving birth to her first child with her husband Jay-Z.
Baby Blue Ivy Carter, was born on Jan. 7, at the Lenox Hill Hospital located on New York City's Upper East Side. Beyonce has not yet commented about having a fly named after her, but Lessard said he hopes she will take the scientific gesture as a compliment, according to The AP.
The name was picked to help draw attention to the importance of his field and the need for more researchers to catalog and study insects, he said.
Photo credit: CSIRO