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Bootylicious Bugs: Scientists Name Fly With A Golden Butt After Beyonce

13/01/2012 16:11 | Updated 22 May 2015

You know you've definitely made your mark on the world when a group of scientists name a species of fly after you and your bum. Beyonce has apparently done just that as a rare horse fly with a golden butt has been named after the bootylicious singer.

Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae vs Beyonce. Photos: Bryan Lessard/AFP/Getty Images and PA

And rightly so.

They both have impressive behinds, they both enjoy a spot of bling, they both made their first recorded appearance in 1981 (although one was born and the other 'collected'), they both spend their days drinking nectar from their favourite varieties of grevillea and they can both give a painful bite.

According to Bryan Lessard of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO):

"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."

CSIRO has sent word of the great honour to the fly's namesake but is yet to hear back. Probably because she's a bit busy with that baby she had recently.

And, by the way, how good would it have been if she had reciprocated the gesture and named her daughter "Horse Fly" instead of Blue Ivy?

P.S. Interesting insect fact: Even though we called the horse fly a Bootylicious bug in the title, it's not a true bug. True bugs are a distinct order of insects called Hemiptera who share a common arrangement of mouthparts where the mandibles have evolved into a spiky proboscis.

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