RuPaul already has a widely successful entertainment career. But now, she may be the first drag queen to have an insect to her name on her already impressive resume.
Entomologist Brian Lessard officially named the fly after RuPaul’s Drag Race Star and Producer. Here’s everything you need to know about the bug and the reason for its name.
Brian Lessard even named a fly after Beyoncé
According to him bio On the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) website, “Dr. Brian Lesser is an entomologist at CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia, researching the taxonomy and evolution of clinically important flies and mosquitoes. Brian’s research interests lie in the exploration of biodiversity, having identified more than 150 species for science and more than 50 officially named species from Australia and New Zealand.
The first insect laser named after a pop culture icon was Beyoncé’s fly, Skeptia beyoncei, in 2011. According to Guardian, the choice of Lesser’s name was “corrupt” at the time.
But Lessard was insistent, and he continues to name new insects after pop culture icons. He said choosing celebrity names “helps draw attention to threatened species in response to environmental threats such as climate change.”
“There’s a new wave of entomologists using pop culture to generate interest in our science and what we do, which is really exciting,” Lesser said.
“It’s a great way to draw attention to why flies are important, to get more people talking about these species that need help, so that they can be protected.
“With bushfire recovery efforts, the interest usually goes to cute and cuddly species like the koala, but many invertebrates go unnoticed, and they are essential workers of our ecosystem… it is really important that Let us study them.”
Entomologists were inspired to name the fly ‘RuPaul’ while watching ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’.
RuPaul is now the first drag queen to have an insect named after him. The RuPaul fly is the 50th fly designated by Lesser.
According to The Guardian, “The RuPaul fly is part of a newer Australian genus called Opaluma (from the Latin words for opal and thorn) because they look like “little gems rolling around the forest floor” and under their belly. There is a specific thorn.”
The Lessard was inspired to name the Australian Soldier Fly after the famous drag queen, while the . watching episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and he said it was a “clear decision”.
“I’ve been watching a lot RuPaul’s Drag Race When examining the species, and I know it will challenge RuPaul on the runway, who is showing fierce looks,” Lessard said.
“It has a shiny metallic rainbow-hued dress, and it has legs for days. I think once [RuPaul] Sees the fly, she will realize that it is fierce and will hopefully appreciate the name. “
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Naming insects after celebrities like RuPaul could help protect endangered species
Lesser has a special reason for naming insects after stars. Lessard named 13 new soldier flies, including the RuPaul fly. Of those 13, 9 were from areas badly burned by the 2019 and 2020 wildfires.
“Naming a species is the first step in understanding and protecting them because otherwise, they are invisible to science,” Lesser explained.
“We’ve probably lost thousands of species that we don’t even know about in shrubs because they haven’t been documented, when it’s so important that our native species get attention.
“That’s why I want to give them great names to get people excited about them.”