Insect Named After Donald Trump

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A new species of moth with a wingspan of a mere 0.4 inches, beady eyes, golden coifh has been named after the soon-to-be US president.

And ironically, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi‘s native habitat lies between the US and Mexico.

Evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari said in a research paper published on ZooKeys that the moth was discovered in 1998 in California, but new specimens discovered south of the border had different features than their cousins and so was determined to be a different species within the Neopalpa genus.

One of the main differences between n. donaldtrumpi and n. neonata is the yellowish-white scales on its head, the scientist noted.“Its distinctive wing pattern and its unique DNA bar code immediately flagged it as a new and un-described species,” Nazari, a researcher from Ottawa, Canada, told Live Science.


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