New moth species named for Donald Trump’s hair

Two views of the moth now known as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi highlight the yellowish-white scales on its head. This is the second twirler moth species to be described in the Neopalpa genus, though the family includes more than 4,830 described species, and there may be as many as 10,000 species in that family worldwide, according to the “Encyclopedia of Entomology” (Springer Netherlands, 2008).Now, the Trump brand will extend to the animal kingdom with the discovery of Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, a new species of twirler moth named after the politician and real estate magnate.”I hope that the president will make conservation of such fragile ecosystems in the USA his top priority”, he told Live Science.Donald Trump isn’t even sworn in as president yet, but he already has a species named after him: a micro-moth with a bushy head of yellowish-white scales. Being a substantially urbanised and populated area, the habitat of N. donaldtrumpi is also under serious threat.”With the new administration taking office very soon, and the uncertainties about what is going to happen to the [Environmental Protection Agency], I thought perhaps this would be a good opportunity to bring wider attention to the fact that we have so many fragile ecosystems and protected areas in the United States that still house undiscovered and undescribed species of plants and animals, and we absolutely need to continue protecting them”, Nazari told The Huffington Post.While this is the first species to bear the president-elect’s name, Trump’s hairstyle also inspired the informal moniker “Trumpapillar” in September 2016, for the extremely hairy orange-yellow caterpillars of the flannel moth, native to the Peruvian Amazon. “By naming these species after the 45th President of the United States, I hope to bring some public attention and interest in the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity”, Nazari added.The Tosanoides obama is found only on coral reefs in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off Hawaii, a nature reserve which 44th US President expanded to become the largest protected marine area in the world.