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SCIENCE: New Insect Species Named After Gaga

Kaikaia gaga
Photo: Brandon Morris

Lady Gaga has a new little monster after a small insect from Nicaragua was named in her honor.

Kaikaia gaga is a type of treehopper. The bugs are known for their bright coloring and individuality in appearance. They “sing” to each other by vibrating plant stems.

“If there is going to be a Lady Gaga bug, it’s going to be a treehopper, because they’ve got these crazy horns, they have this wacky fashion sense about them,” Brendan Morris, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said. “They’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”

Morris discovered the differences between the bug and other treehoppers and was given the honor of naming the new treehopper species.

The bugs horns vary dramatically. The camouflage can look like “gnarled branches, antlers, fruiting fungi, brightly colored flags or dead plant leaves” according to the university.

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