What do Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger and Roy Orbison have in common? They all have bugs named after them. One may think a Grammy or an Academy Award it the top echelon of success for actors and musicians, but being named after a fly or beetle is far more exciting–don’t you think? And now Beyoncé can claim the same. Congratulations, Beyoncé! This has been a big week for you! First Blue Ivy and now your very own fly.
Normally when a new species of anything is discovered, the organism is named after the scientist who was lucky enough to find it, but Bryan Lessard, a researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia decided that the horse fly with the “glamorous golden rear end” should be named after the singer who is also known for her curves. According to Lessard, this particular species is the “all-time diva of flies,” and its distinguishing feature is a “big gold butt.” That being said “Beyoncé” seemed like an appropriate name.
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.
Personally, when I think of a decent size ass, my brain immediately goes to Kim Kardashian (I’m trying to work on this tragic issue), but I guess naming a fly “Kardashian” doesn’t have the same effect as Beyoncé. The world is full of Kardashians (or at least it seems that way), but there really is only one Beyoncé.