A tiny moth with a Trump-like hairdo is being called Neopalpa donaldtrumpi in honor of the president-elect.
It’s certainly an apt name, as a close up picture of the moth reveals yellow and white scales on his head that resemble Trump’s signature hairstyle. It was described by evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari of Ottawa, Canada in a new study, according to a statement from Pensoft Publishers.
The moth lives from Southern California through Baja California in Mexico, which makes it even more appropriate considering the fact that Trump made much of his campaign about building a wall between the two countries. Nazari discovered the moth while examining specimens from the Bohart Museum of Entomology in California.
“The discovery of this distinct micro-moth in the densely populated and otherwise zoologically well-studied southern California underscores the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats that still contain undescribed and threatened species, and highlights the paucity of interest in species-level taxonomy of smaller faunal elements in North America,” says discoverer Dr. Vazrick Nazari in a statement. “By naming this species after the 45th President of the United States, I hope to bring some public attention to, and interest in, the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity.”
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