Neopalpa donaldtrumpi

Everyone who has ever been elected President of the United States of America hopes to be remembered in through the course of history but the 45th US President will have a truly unique call to fame.

What does an endangered species of moth have in common with the 45th US president? Both possess a truly unique head of hair. 

A Hairy Find

A US evolutionary biologist Dr Vazrick Nazari discovered a new species of Twirler moth which possesses yellowish-white scales on its head which very much resemble the hairstyle that Mr Trump has been best known for over the years. It is because of this very obvious trait that the biologist named this new species “Neopalpa donaldtrumpi”.

The find was rather accidental. Dr Nazari was examining materials borrowed from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis. Through careful analysis he concluded that he had discovered a second species of a type of genus of a “twirler” moth.

This particular moth is a tiny thing, with a wing span of only 0.4 inches, and an average body size of about the same. The unique wing patterns as well as the shape of some of the folds within the genital area are what designated this moth as this species. The “hair”, well that is unique unto itself.

The body of the donaldtrumpi moth is off white in color while its wings are brown or gray-brown. The twirler moth is so named because they have a habit of twirling in circles when disturbed. Not all moths move in this way so this characteristic will make it easier to spot them. 

A Cross Border Visitor

Unlike the real Donald Trump this insect does not hail from New York, but instead both species of the twirler moth can be found all the way from Baja California, across the state, and up in to Mexico. So even if you live in a Seaside cottage you won’t have too far to travel to be able to find this lovely wee insect. Even if the new President does succeed in putting up a wall between California and Mexico it will not likely interfere with the moth’s ability to travel between the borders. 

A Lifestyle Causing Endangerment

Preferring to dwell in highly urbanized and populated areas you could combine your sight-seeing/shopping trip with a moth hunt. You might be able to find other individuals equally curious about this newly discovered moth. The more people that become interested the better the chances for survival will be for this endangered moth. Living in the big cities is proving to be dangerous for the insect; their small size combined with fast moving highway traffic probably is contributing to their diminishing numbers.

Dr Nazari named this new species of moth after the 45th President in hopes that it would draw attention and help people remember the insect and its distinct needs. The President is likely to be remembered for all his deeds, so perhaps to his namesake will also be remembered.

We can’t protect the moth from fast moving vehicles on the busy highways of California but there certainly may be other ways that people can help them to thrive. Perhaps, for example, you will have room outdoors at your Seaside cottage where you can seed a garden with plants that will attract the moths, providing them a safe haven to live and breed. This small gesture could help this unique species of insect to flourish and survive long after the presidency of Donald Trump ends. 

Hair to Inspire

And just for the sake of some fun trivia, it seems that although this is the first time any living creature has been directly named after Mr Trump, it seems our Presidents’ hair style has inspired the naming of a very hairy flannel moth caterpillar. Somewhere deep in the Peruvian Amazon is an orange-yellow “Trumpapillar”.