A newly discovered insect species has been named after Lady Gaga, after the bug’s “wacky fashion sense” was compared to the singer.
Brendan Morris, a PhD candidate from the University of Illinois, was observing roughly 1,000 treehoppers for his research project when he discovered one female bug with unique features that distinguished her from the other creatures.
In academic journal Zootaxa, Morris and his co-author – entomologist Christopher Dietrich – describe the creature’s “additional m-cu crossvein in the forewing, as well as a frontoclypeal shape.”
But it was the creature’s unique look that led Morris to christen it the K.gaga species.
“If there is going to be a Lady Gaga bug, it’s going to be a treehopper because they’ve got these crazy horns,” he told Illinois News Bureau.
A new treehopper species has been named “Kaikaia gaga” after @LadyGaga in an effort to bring more awareness to the insect group:
“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.” pic.twitter.com/6M4yJVgd7H
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) March 10, 2020
“They have this wacky fashion sense about them. They’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”
Despite being unable to extract DNA from the creature, Morris now hopes to visit Nicaragua in the hope of finding other K. gaga in the tropical forest where the original species was first collected.
“Treehoppers are wacky, and I think that makes them especially suited to be ‘spokesbugs’ for the wide range of habitats they use,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Gaga recently confirmed that her anticipated sixth album ‘Chromatica’ will arrive on April 10.