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‘Rainbow colours and legs for days’: Australian fly species named after drag star RuPaul

<p>CSIRO entomologist Bryan Lessard says the soldier flies look like ‘little gems buzzing around the forest floor’</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ng-interactive/2018/may/15/the-guardian-app?CMP=cvau_sfl">Get our free news app</a>; <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/guardian-australia-morning-mail/2014/jun/24/-sp-guardian-australias-morning-mail-subscribe-by-email?CMP=cvau_sfl">get our morning email briefing</a></li></ul><p>The first insect Bryan Lessard named after a pop culture icon was the Beyoncé fly – <em>Scaptia beyonceae</em>, in 2011.</p><p>At the time, the CSIRO entomologist caused quite a stir, and was “frowned upon” by some taxonomists.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/guardian-australia-morning-mail/2014/jun/24/-sp-guardian-australias-morning-mail-subscribe-by-email?CMP=copyembed">Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning</a></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/15/rainbow-colours-and-legs-for-days-australian-fly-species-named-after-drag-star-rupaul">Continue reading...</a>

CSIRO entomologist Bryan Lessard says the soldier flies look like ‘little gems buzzing around the forest floor’

The first insect Bryan Lessard named after a pop culture icon was the Beyoncé fly – Scaptia beyonceae, in 2011.

At the time, the CSIRO entomologist caused quite a stir, and was “frowned upon” by some taxonomists.

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