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New horse fly with 'big gold butt' officially named Beyoncé

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beyonce-flyA NEWLY discovered breed of horse fly with a 'big gold butt' has been officially named Beyoncé by scientists.

The previously un-named insect, which is yellowish gold at the rear end of its abdomen, has been given the official Latin genus Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae.

The fly was actually found in 1981 (the year that Beyonce was born) together with two other previously unknown specimens from northeast Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands, but has remained officially unclassified until now.

Bryan Lessard, a 24-year-old researcher at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization who named the fly said: “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,”

Beyoncé was a member of the group Destiny’s Child, which recorded the 2001 hit single “Bootylicious.”


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