May we introduce you? This is Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, a moth of the family of palm moths. The entomologist Vazrick Nazari of the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes has discovered this hitherto completely unknown moth in old museum collections and ennobled with the name of the new US President Donald Trump. Why, it is clear: The five-millimeter moth and the 45th American President have a prominent feature in common, a blonde Dachfrisur. However, there is a clear difference between the two: In Neopalpa donaldtrumpi the fashionable headdress consists of scales. Whether Donald Trump is also wearing it in the main hair is not yet known.
The moth certainly has the potential to become a symbol of peace and alliance. Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is widespread in both the US and Mexico, more specifically in southern California and the Mexican state of Baja California. She is a legal cross-border commuter.
Their discoverer Vazrick Nazari chose the species name to draw public attention to small animal species. In his view, the discovery of moths in densely populated and otherwise well-researched Southern California highlights the importance of "protecting fragile habitats that still harbor unknown and endangered species."
Whether the moth has earned the honor of being named after Donald Trump, will be revealed in the next few months. display
Photo: Vazrick Nazari© science.de - Martin Vieweg / Karin Schlott