By William E. Ketchum III
Beyonce has already made music history, but this week the superstar pop singer joined the odd company of Sting and Frank Zappa when an animal was named after her. According to the Daily Telegraph, researchers in Australia have named a rare horsefly after the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman. The Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly was first discovered in Australian state Queensland in 1981, the same year as Beyonce’s birth.
The most striking feature is an unusual gold patch on its’ behind. Bryan Lessard, Australia’s science agency CSIRO, said the latter trait made the insect the “all-time diva of flies.” "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,” Lessard said, “as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species.”
The report also says that the name complies with rules set by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, which allows for species to receive names honoring people. The Hyla stingi frog was named after British rock star Sting, while the Pachygnatha zappa spider was named after composer/singer Frank Zappa.
Beyonce made news earlier this week for the birth of her and Jay-Z’s first child, Blue Ivy Carter. With Blue’s vocals being credited on Jay’s new record “Glory,” she became the youngest person to debut on the Billboard charts.