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We're not horsen' around here. Popular singer Beyoncé has received a scientific honor. A previously unnamed horse fly has been named after her. And, it's all because the fly is considered the "all time diva of flies."


Bryan Lessard is a researcher with the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) at the CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, located in Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.

The fly is officially called Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae.

Lessard, who is a Ph.D. student, named this species of horse fly after Beyoncé because of the striking gold coloring found on the abdomen of the fly.

Known popularly as Beyoncé, her full name is Beyoncé 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 Beyoncé,' 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 Beyoncé 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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William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University

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