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Butterfly Cicada

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Source: Shillong Times

 Context: A new species of cicada, informally named the “Butterfly Cicada,” has been discovered in Meghalaya, marking the first-ever record of the genus Becquartina in India.

  • The genus Becquartina is represented by six species found distributed in China, Thailand, and Vietnam, often referred to as “Butterfly cicadas” due to their colourful wings.

Cicadas are insects that are part of the superfamily Cicadoidea and the order Hemiptera.

They are stout, green or brown in colour with black markings, and have four clear wings that resemble a fly.

Cicadas can be found in urban and rural areas with hardwood trees. They are harmless to people, plants, and property.