New moth species is named after Donald Trump because it shares his hairstyle

A new species of moth has been named after US President-elect Donald Trump.

The moth, called Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, lived in a densely population part of southern California and is struggling to cope with the loss of its natural habitat.

The researcher who discovered the new species said he hoped that named it after the 45th US President would boost its profile and the need to conserve fragile environments.

Writing in the journal ZooKeys, Dr Nazari said: “The new species is named in honour of Donald J Trump, to be installed as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.

“The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in the US that still contain many undescribed species.

“The specific epithet is selected because of the resemblance of the scales on the frons (head) of the moth to Mr Trump’s hairstyle.”

He made the  discovery while looking through moth specimens kept at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis.

He noticed some did not match any previously known species and, after a thorough analysis, realised they were a new species.

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