Beyonce inspires researcher in naming fly with gold backside
Beyonce is busy welcoming her baby daughter Blue Ivy into the world, but she's still influencing the masses, including a scientist who used the singer as inspiration for a newly discovered breed of fly.
Bryan Lessard of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) named a horse fly discovered in Australia Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae because it's beauty and "golden-haired bum" brought Beyonce to mind.
"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," Lessard, 24, who is a fan of the pop star told the UK's Telegraph.
The beyonceae fly was also first collected in 1981, Beyonce's birth year.
"Most Australian Scaptia species have been described, however these five new species of a sub-group [plinthina] have been housed in Australian collections since the group was last studied in the 1960s," Lessard told the newspaper.
The fly is considered to be a pest but also pollinates many plants. Beyonce has yet to comment on the dubious honor.
Several other celebrities have inspired scientists in their naming. The Pachygnatha zappa spider was named after Frank Zappa and a species of hairy-chested crabs were recently named "The Hoff" after David Hasselhoff.
Beyonce, 30, and her rapper husband Jay-Z, 42, whose real name is Shawn Carter, left the hospital with their baby girl early on January 8, People magazine reported.