Discovering the Enigmatic Butterfly Cicada                                    

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March 29, 2024

Discovering the Enigmatic Butterfly Cicada                                    


  • In a recent scientific revelation, researchers have unveiled an extraordinary cicada species, affectionately dubbed the “Butterfly Cicada,” found in the lush landscapes of Meghalaya.

Unveiling the Butterfly Cicada:

  • This newfound cicada species belongs to the genus Becquartina, expanding the known roster within the genus to seven distinctive species. Its discovery in Meghalaya marks a significant first, as this genus had never before been recorded in the country.

Distinctive Features:

  • What sets the Butterfly Cicada apart are its resplendent wings, which have earned it the moniker “butterfly cicada.” The species name, “bicolour,” highlights its remarkable dual-color forms. This cicada species thrives in the dense foliage of the Garo Hills, showing a preference for rich forests and native vegetation. Its wings showcase a captivating blend of colors, with a saffron base encompassing the lower third and matte black dominating the upper two-thirds, adorned with striking saffron square spots.

Understanding Cicadas:

  • Cicadas, belonging to the family Cicadidae, comprise a diverse group of insects known for their distinctive sounds. With two pairs of membranous wings, prominent compound eyes, and three simple eyes (ocelli), these creatures range in size from 2 to 5 cm (0.8 to 2 inches). Their habitat spans various environments, including tropical regions, deserts, grasslands, and forests, with over 3,000 known species. Notably, male cicadas generate loud noises by vibrating membranes, known as tymbals, located near the abdomen’s base. Female cicadas typically deposit their eggs within woody plant tissues, which later detach from the plant, facilitating the hatching process.


  • The discovery of the Butterfly Cicada unveils yet another marvel of nature, adding to the rich tapestry of biodiversity in Meghalaya. With its captivating appearance and unique characteristics, this newfound species serves as a testament to the intricate wonders awaiting discovery within our natural world.

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