Many people name all kinds of things after celebrities, but did you know that this extends to the animal kingdom? All sorts of creatures, from insects to primates, have received scientific names that are inspired by some notable celebs.
Did you know that a fly was named after Beyoncé because of a certain part of its anatomy? Or that there is a lemur out there named for John Cleese? Click through our gallery to find out all about the species named for stars!
These Animals Were Named After Celebrities
Beyoncé has an insect named after her for an amusing reason! When it came time for Australian scientist Bryan Lessard to describe and name a new species of fly in 2012, it got the name Scaptia beyonceae. As it turns out, the singer came to mind because of the insect's golden behind, and researchers have called it the "all-time diva of flies"!
Arnold Schwarzenegger also has a certain type of fly named after him thanks to a notable physical characteristic! The star's name can be found in the Megapropodiphora arnoldi, a species discovered by American entomologist Brian Brown in 2018. As it turns out, the fly's unusually large legs brought to mind Schwarzenegger, who is known for his muscular physique!