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By Bekka Supp | Miscellaneous | January 19, 2017 |

By Bekka Supp | Miscellaneous | January 19, 2017 |

If you said “Donald Trump,” well, you’re half correct. Behold! Science! Evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari has identified a new centimeter-wide moth. head.jpg

The characteristics of the moth are as follows: it has a silky head of bright yellow scales (that the moth develops in adulthood) and its head has been described as orange-yellow in colouration, the body is white and the wings are brown or greyish.

Oh shit! I completely forgot an important detail - its genitalia is “comparatively smaller” than that of the Neopalpa neonata, its close relative.

Based on the aforementioned attributes, Nazari has named it thusly:

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.



Think smaller. For so many things.

And the absolute best part? THE MOTH CAN BE FOUND IN MEXICO.

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In contrast, President Barack Obama has inspired more species names than any other president — nine in total, including a coral reef fish native to Hawaii, a trapdoor spider, and a type of lichen.

In an interview with Live Science, Nazari said:

I hope that the president will make conservation of such fragile ecosystems in the U.S. his top priority. These ecosystems still contain many undiscovered and undescribed species, and deserve to be protected for future generations.

Thank you, Mary Mooney from West Bromwich, England. You’re a treasure.

Because of TK’s powerful piece yesterday and this news item that made her giggle like an 8-year old, Bekka is donating to the World Wildlife Fund. You can too!

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