Lessard added that the name came from Xuankun Li, a Ph.D. student at CSIRO and a huge fan of the HBO show, “proving that inspiration for new species names can come from anywhere.”
Paramonovius nightking is an apt name for the fly. It only appears in the winter in a small portion of Western Australia and has a crown of spinelike hairs, Lessard told the BBC.
Bee flies look similar in appearance to bees to avoid being eaten by birds but are still members of the fly family. In addition to Australia, they are seen widely in the Northern Hemisphere, including in parts of North America, Europe and Asia, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The new fly was one of 230 species that CSIRO gave an official name over the past year.