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Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady Gaga

Brendan Morris discovered a new genus and species of treehopper. He named it in honor of the musical artist Lady Gaga.

According to Brendan Morris, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, treehoppers are the wackiest, most astonishing bugs most people have never heard of. They are morphological wonders, sporting bizarre protuberances that look like horns, gnarled branches, antlers, fruiting fungi, brightly colored flags or dead plant leaves. Treehoppers suck on plant juices. They sing to each other by vibrating plant stems. And they are an important food source for other forest creatures.

“I love outrageous forms and colors,” said Morris, who studies entomology. “It blows my mind that a group that is roughly 40 million years old has so much diversity of form – diversity, I would argue, that we don’t see in any other family of insects.”

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau


Publication Date: 03/12/2020
Photo credits: L. Brian Stauffer
Editor: Diana Yates