First Species Named After Trump Is a Moth With Blonde 'Hair'


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The first official living species to be named after the soon-to-be 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, is an endangered small moth with a unique tuft of yellow scales on its head.

 

The newly documented moth, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, is described in the journal ZooKeys. It is the second moth associated with Trump, as the southern flannel moth in its caterpillar stage was dubbed the "Donald Trump's Hair moth," but that moniker was just a nickname.

 

As for why moths so often seem to sport Trump-like "hair-do's," author Vazrick Nazari of the Canadian National Collection of Insects,

 

Arachnids and Nematodes explained to Seeker: "Moths are the second largest group of insects (after beetles) and among the most diverse animals. They are geologically very old, and through millions of years of evolution they have acquired the most amazing life cycles, adaptations and characteristics."

 

He was not surprised to see a Trump-resembling 'do on the new moth.

 

"What the function of these scales are, we are not sure," he said. "Perhaps they play a role in flight or thermoregulation."

 

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