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This Species Of Flies Have Been Named After Drag Icon RuPaul

That fly you just swatted was actually RuPaul, "you better buzz b*tch."

Photo by WORLD OF WONDER / CSIRO Australia

The soldier fly, a species of flies, was recently named after drag queen icon RuPaul by Australian entomologists to amplify drag’s influence on society as a whole

Now, why would the legendary RuPaul Charles be named after a fly? “I’d been watching a lot of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ when I was examining the specimen under the microscope, so it was on my mind,” said Bryan Lessard of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

That’s not all; he also mentioned that the fly features bold rainbow colors, which gave Lessard all the more motive to name it after the drag superstar.

Photo by Rich Fury / Getty Images

“I really wanted to give this group of flies a memorable name because it needs the attention – the first specimen of this RuPaul fly was collected over a hundred years ago and sat neglected in a museum collection until someone with the knowledge of that group came along to name and document them.”

This isn’t the first time Lessard named a fly after a celebrity, as he recently named the Scaptia Beyoncé fly after Queen Bey herself.

Lessard mentioned that naming the fly after RuPaul can help blur the lines between pop culture, the LGBTQ+ community, science, and entomology.

Photo by VH1

“As a gay scientist, it took me a long time to feel comfortable in my own skin in a very traditional field of science – in entomology,” he explained. “I think it’s really important for the next generation of LGBTQ+ scientists to know that they’re being represented in the workplace as we give the names of legends in the community to memorable species.”

September 21, 2021 — Last Updated September 22, 2021
Written by Herb
September 21, 2021 — Last Updated September 22, 2021
Written by Herb
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