Beyonce's Bootyliciousness Inspires Name of Newly Discovered Bug

7:13 PM PST 01/16/2012 by Sophie Schillaci
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A horse fly found in Australia has been dubbed “Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae” in honor of its golden backside.

“Bootylicious” -- a term made famous by Beyonce and her Destiny’s Child counterparts -- is no longer exclusive to the human species.

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Thanks to a 24-year-old researcher at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the term now applies to insects, as well. A newly discovered horse fly in the land down under has been named in honor of its golden rear-end, according to the Associated Press. Captured in 1981, the birth year of Beyonce Knowles, the fly has been dubbed Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae.

Bryan Lessard, the researcher responsible for naming the “pretty bootylicious” insect, said that Beyonce would be “in the nature history books forever.” Lessard added that he has not heard from the Grammy award-winning singer, but that he hopes she takes his gesture as a compliment. He also admitted that the name was partly chosen to draw attention to the importance of his field.

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“It’s extremely important to name all the undescribed species so we can measure our human impact on the environment and hopefullyprotect it for future generations to enjoy,” he said.

Beyonce is currently busy adjusting to her new life as a mom, as she and husband Jay-Z welcomed their fist child, a girl named Blue Ivy, earlier this month.

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