Having an entire species of insects named after you is an honor of the highest caliber – even if it’s only because of your uncanny resemblance to the tiny being.
Evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari from Ottawa, Canada, was studying the moth specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, when he came across something extraordinary: a new species of moth with a wingspan of 9 millimeters.
The scientist named it Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, because the cluster of yellowish-white scales atop the moth head looks a lot like Trump’s unique hairdo.
“With its hair tufts, its presence in U.S. and Mexico, and its fragile habitat that needs conservation, I really did not have any choice with this one other than to name [the moth] after Mr. President-elect himself,” Nazari said.
However, it’s not just the similar hairdo that inspired the researcher to name the moth in honor of the incoming commander-in-chief.
“I hope to bring some public attention to the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats in the United States that still contain undescribed and threatened species, and generate interest in the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity,” Nazari continued.
Loss of habitat has threatened the species with extinction. Nazari hopes its name will bring attention to the fragile ecosystems in the country.
“Having a species named after you is almost always an honor, since your name becomes immortal in the scientific literature,” he continued. “I am hoping that by appealing to Mr. Trump's good nature, the next administration will make an effort to continue protecting the fragile habitats in the US that are home to as of yet unknown species.”
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