Scaptia beyonceae

species of insect

Scaptia beyonceae is a species of horse fly found in north-east Queensland, Australia.[1] It was first recorded in 1981 but not scientifically described until 2011. The fly is named after American recording artist and actress Beyoncé.[2]

Scaptia beyonceae has a golden tip to its abdomen, formed by a dense patch of golden hairs. Hence its name.[3]


  1. Lessard, Bryan; Yeates, David (2011). "New species of the Australian horse fly subgenus Scaptia (Plinthina) Walker 1850 (Diptera: Tabanidae), including species descriptions and a revised key". Australian Journal of Entomology. 50 (3): 241–252. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2011.00809.x. hdl:1885/64347.
  2. "Fly named after Beyonce because of bum". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  3. Atherton, Ben (13 January 2012). "CSIRO unveils bootylicious Beyonce fly". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 January 2012.