A small moth was named in honor of Donald Trump. A white-and-yellow insect with a coif of scales was named after the new President of the US in honor of his former reality TV show and his signature hairdo. This new species of moth was called Neopalpa donaldtrumpi. It lives in its habitat in Mexico’s Baja and California. The small moth was named by Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist.
- Researchers have decided to name a small moth after the new president of the US.
- Neopalpa donaldtrumpi was named in honor of Donald Trump.
- Apparently, scientists believe that the hairdo of Donald Trump looks similar to the yellowish-white scales of the moth.
The scientist published a paper about this insect in the Zoo Keys magazine on January 17. The newly discovered moth represents the second species of twirler moths. They can be differentiated due to their yellowish-white scales which are attached to the head of the adult moths. The specimens which are part of the twirler moth family got their name because of their tendency to twist in circles when they are stressed.
Nazari argued that this specific small moth was chosen to be named after Trump because of the striking similarity between the hairstyle of the new President and the insect’s scales on its head. The biologist has also added that the reason for his choice is to underline the importance of many unknown species. Several newly unveiled species need to be protected by environmentalists who need to take into consideration fragile habitats in America which need the help scientists’ conservation efforts.
The news about the naming of the moth appeared on January 20 when Trump was celebrated as being the 45th president of the US. As we may already know, Trump is not the first president of the United States who has an animal named after him. Last month, a new species of fish which lives in the northwestern Hawaii, in the coral reefs, was named after Barack Obama.
The fish received Obama’s name in honor of his efforts to conserve and protect the habitat of the fish. Whenever a new species is discovered, scientists describe it in a specific way, and they usually publish a scientific paper containing the details about its appearance together with illustrations of the newly revealed species. The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature has certain rules which imply the compliance of the same scientific name, being sure that every scientist in the world will use it to designate the new animal.
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