Newly discovered moth species named after Donald Trump

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [USA], Jan. 19 (ANI): Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has received a unique gift. A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after the next U.S. president. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a wee little creature found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico, reports the CNN. The moth sports a very familiar-looking crown of yellowish scales like Trump's golden hairdos. "With its hair tufts, its presence in US and Mexico, and its fragile habitat that needs conservation, I really did not have any choice with this one other than to name [the moth] after Mr. President-elect himself," said evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari. Nazari said he also chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges. "I hope to bring some public attention to the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats in the United States that still contain undescribed and threatened species, and generate interest in the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity," he said. He hoped that after this, the Trump administration will make an effort to continue protecting the fragile habitats in the U.S. that are home to as of yet unknown species. (ANI)