Tiny moth named after Donald Trump

Tiny moth named after Donald Trump

A recently discovered tiny moth that has helmet-like cluster of yellow-white scales atop its head has been named after President-elect Donald Trump, the journal ZooKeys reported.

Dr. Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist from Ottowa, Canada, said the moth with a wingspan of merely 0.4 inches encouraged them to name it Neopalpa donaldtrumpi because it has yellow and white scales on its head resembling Trump’s signature hairstyle.

Led by Nazari, the researchers discovered the new species during an analysis of moth specimens collected form California’s Bohart Museum during an examination of the North American moth family Gelechiidae, which is also called twirler moths.

Announcing the new species, Nazari said, “Its distinctive wing pattern and its unique DNA bar code immediately flagged it as a new and undescribed species.”

The researchers also found that the shapes of some specific folds and pouch-like structures on Neopalpa donaldtrumpi’s genitalia were also distinctive to the species.

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi’s habitat extends from Southern parts of California in the United States through Baja California in Mexico. However, the wall that Trump has proposed to build along the border between the two nations could divide that stretch.

Nazari, an evolutionary biologist and systematist, discovered the moth while sifting through borrowed material from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, at the University of California at Davis. He noticed that “a few specimens” didn't quite match up with species that scientists already knew about, according to a news release on the discovery.

The research paper informed...
While both species in the genus share a habitat, stretching across the states of California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico, one can easily tell them apart. The new moth, officially described as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, stands out with yellowish-white scales present on the head in adults. In fact, it was in these scales that the author found an amusing reference to Mr. Trump's hairstyle and turned it into an additional justification for its name.

Donald Trump's flying namesake is announced only a month following the recently described species of basslet named after predecessor President Barack Obama, also published in ZooKeys. The fish is only known from coral reefs in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, NorthwesternHawaii, a nature reserve which the 44th President of the United States of America expanded to become the largest protected marine area in the world.

Being a substantially urbanized and populated area, the habitat of N. donaldtrumpi is also under serious threat.