The accolades just keep coming for Beyoncé Knowles.
"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," he said.
The fly, actually a blood-sucking horse fly, is considered a pest in Australia but also plays an important role in the pollination of a wide variety of plants. It was first identified in 1981, the same year Beyoncé was born.
"It is Redford's continuing work to safeguard the wild legacy of the Rocky Mountains that makes this name a fitting tribute," the scientists wrote of the new species Hydroscapha redfordi.
No word yet on what Beyoncé thinks of her new insect, but as my editor noted, this whole thing gives new meaning to the term "fly girl." Zing!