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Horsefly With 'Spectacular' Gold Booty Named for Beyoncé

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, has named a horsefly after Beyoncé:

BeyonceThe Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly, which is found in far north Queensland, sports a spectacular gold patch on its abdomen which CSIRO insect expert Bryan Lessard says makes it the "all-time diva of flies".

"It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyonce as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species," Mr Lessard said in a statement released on the CSIRO blog.

The rare Scaptia plinthina horse fly was collected in 1981 from the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, the year the former Destiny's Child singer was born.

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  1. please please PLEASE let them find a cockroach of dark coloring and voluptuous form that they can name after the Kardashians.

    Posted by: hugo | Jan 13, 2012 1:41:59 PM

  2. Nice! Horseflies and Beyonce are equally irritating.

    Posted by: Christian | Jan 13, 2012 2:53:19 PM

  3. ummm bryan lessard has a sense of humor, apparently likes (or at least follows) beyonce, and is CUTE. i'm thinking he's one of us, y'all!

    the google image:,r:0,s:0

    Posted by: redball | Jan 13, 2012 3:28:44 PM

  4. This "all-time diva of flies" horsefly shoulda been named Kardashian - like all flies, it buzzes around you annoying you until you just want to kill it

    Posted by: JohnyStarr | Jan 13, 2012 3:37:37 PM

  5. oh and supporting evidence: Lessard used the word 'diva' :) :)

    Posted by: redball | Jan 13, 2012 4:11:29 PM

  6. He is cute! I love this piece of news.

    Posted by: Uluwehi | Jan 14, 2012 12:02:27 AM

  7. Horseflies (Tabinidae) are blood-suckers. With the golden booty, surely "Scaptia edwardculleni" would have been more appropriate :)

    Posted by: Wirrrn | Jan 14, 2012 12:53:50 AM

  8. the ultimate insult
    beyonce is an irritating insect with a fat ass.

    love beyonce (at times)

    Posted by: 456789744 | Feb 14, 2012 11:00:25 PM

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