Australian researchers have paid the ultimately tribute to pop superstar Beyoncé by naming a rare horse fly with a golden behind after her.

The Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae, which was discovered in Queensland in northern Australia and boasts a gold patch on its abdomen has been described by experts as the "all-time diva of flies".

The rare insect, which is often considered a pest, was first collected in 1981 - the year of the singer's birth.

Bryan Lessard from Australia's science agency, CSIRO said: "It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy - the naming of species"

The backhanded compliment complies fully with the rules set by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, which allows for species to receive names honouring people, including celebrities.

This is also not the first time rare species have been named in honour of famous people either.

Other animals named after celebrities include a frog called Hyla stingi, named after Sting and a spider, Pachygnatha zappa, named after Frank Zappa.

Meanhile, one genus of beetle also includes species named after George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Darth Vader.