Entomologist Names a New Species of Moth After Donald Trump


There is a new thing in the world with Donald Trump‘s name on it, though the question of whether or not he approves has yet to be answered.

Canadian biologist Vazrick Nazari recently discovered a new species of moth, and he took notice of the insect’s striking stare and the yellow tuft of flakes that adorn its head. Nazari documented his findings with ZooKeys, wherein he said that he has dubbed the moth: Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.

Nazari told the journal that the moth seems to be native to southern California, though it can be found in parts of Mexico. Nazari stated that by naming the specimen after Trump, he hopes to highlight the importance of protecting ecosystems from urbanization.

“The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in the US that still contain many undescribed species,” said Nazari. “By naming this species after the 45th President of the United States, I hope to bring some public attention to, and interest in, the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity.”

[image via Vazrick Nazari]

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