9 March 2012
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Taxonomy: Krent Able

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Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae
‘Beyoncé’
Lessard, 2011
Horse fly, discovered in the Atherton Tablelands, Northeast Queensland, Australia

Although this fly was named last year, it became a global news story in mid-January when a 24-year-old Aussie, Bryan Lessard, who named the insect, put a press release together saying, “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.” The dirty bastard. Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae does indeed have a fine rear-end and it was also first found in 1981, the year of Beyoncé’s birth.


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