This New Insect Species Was Named After Lady Gaga for Its ‘Wacky Fashion Sense’

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There are a million reasons why we should be paying more attention to treehoppers, says University of Illinois entomology grad student Brendan Morris. That’s why Morris, who uses they/them pronouns, chose to name a new genus and species after Lady Gaga—they hoped the move would improve awareness of this unique but relatively unknown family of insects. “Treehoppers include some of the most spectacularly beautiful and often quite bizarre bugs on the planet,” Morris tells Mental Floss. “And they live almost everywhere that humans do, making them perfect candidates for a ladybug- or butterfly-level of appreciation.” The findings were published in the journal Zootaxa.