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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C
# the trump moth
The new US president has already had an animal species named after him...
Introducing California’s Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, a tiny moth which boasts a very familiar-looking quiff.

donaldtrumpi Vazrick Nazari / ZooKeys Neopalpa donaldtrumpi Vazrick Nazari / ZooKeys / ZooKeys

A TINY MOTH has been named after Donald Trump partly because of its distinctive ‘hairdo’ which resembles that of the new US President.

The minuscule creature, Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, was discovered by Canadian scientist Vazrick Nazari who said he was struck by the resemblance of the golden scales on the head of the moth to Trump’s signature hairstyle.

He said he also named the new species, which measures about 0.4 inches (9 mm), after the new president to focus attention on ecological issues.

“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,” Nazari wrote in a review of the species published this week.

The newly discovered moth, the first animal to bear Trump’s name, is native to southern California but its habitat extends to Baja California in Mexico.

According to Live Science, Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama has had nine species named after him, more than any other US president.

They include a coral reef fish native to Hawaii and a trapdoor spider.

Last year, a caterpillar found in the Peruvian Amazon was informally named “Trumpapillar” because its orange-yellow furry cover resembled Trump’s hairdo.

© – AFP, 2017

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