Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Beyonce Receives Strange Tribute

Superstar singer Beyonce has achieved a rare and unusual honor. The starlet's name has been given to a species of horsefly. Australian National Insect Collection researcher/ Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientist Bryan Lessard has officially 'described' the fly asScaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae--due to its distinctive golden hairs.
“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer BeyoncĂ© as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species,” Lessard said.
The fly was discovered in 1981 but was previously unnamed. It should be noted that Beyonce was also born in 1981.

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