The fly is officially called Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae.
Lessard, who is a Ph.D. student, named this species of horse fly after BeyoncÃ© because of the striking gold coloring found on the abdomen of the fly.
Known popularly as BeyoncÃ©, her full name is BeyoncÃ© Giselle Knowles, an American singer, songwirter, and music producer.
According to the January 13, 2012 CSIRO article 'New Species of Fly Named In Honour of Performer BeyoncÃ©,' Lessard stated why he named the fly after the singer: 'It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer BeyoncÃ© as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy - the naming of species.'
He added, 'Although often considered a pest, many species of horse fly are extremely important pollinators of many plants. Horse flies act like hummingbirds during the day, drinking nectar from their favourite varieties of grevillea, tea trees and eucalypts.'
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