Donald Trump Now Has a Tiny Moth Named After Him
The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi's head bears a similar resemblance to the president-elect's signature hairstyle.
A tiny moth species has been named after Donald Trump.
The name, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, was given to the miniature insect after scientists noticed the yellow and white scales on its head resembled the president-elect's signature hairstyle.
Dr. Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist and entomologist first discovered the creature in California, though its origins trace back to Baja California in Mexico, according to ZooKeys. Nazari thought of naming the insect after Trump in hopes of bringing attention to the need for conservation of "fragile habitats."
"The new species is named in honor of Donald J. Trump, to be installed as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in the U.S. that still contain many undescribed species," a new study from Nazari reads. "The specific epithet is selected because of the resemblance of the scales on the frons (head) of the moth to Mr. Trump's hairstyle. The name is a noun in the genitive case."
"So I named a species after @realDonaldTrump. Maybe now he'll make conservation of fragile U.S. ecosystems a priority?" Dr. Nazari tweeted Tuesday.