Check out the HAIR! Donald Trump Gets His Own… Moth??

Who would have thought?  After 8 years of waiting for the oceans to recede and the planet to heal, to no avail, it seems Donald Trump can one-up Obama in the realm of science.

Lighten up and laugh a bit; this is funny.

If you are a frequent reader of Zookeys, as we all are, you would have caught a research paper from Dr. Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist and systematist.  During his analysis of data from the Bohart Museum of Entomolgy, University of California, Davis, Dr. Nazari realized there was a second species of a genus of twirler moths that were not documented.  The physicality of the second species is in stark difference to the other species in the genus, mainly due to yellow-white scales present on the head in adults.

Check out the photo, and tell me this does not look like DT’s hair – go ahead, tell me…….

Dr. Nazari made this astute observation, and lo! The new moth is now Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, officially.   Dr. Nazari’s goal is awareness, as the primary home of the moth is along the path where DT claims to build the wall along the Arizona and California border to Mexico.  To that point, Dr. Nazari states, “By naming this species after the 45th President of the United States, I hope to bring some public attention to, and interest in, the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity.”

In addition, small genitalia are described:  “Male genitalia.  Characterized by elongate shape, long parallel-sided tegumen and slender, well-rounded uncus; gnathos a short spine; culcitula weakly developed; valva sigmoid, parallel-sided with a bifurcating antler-shaped tip; sacculus parabasally located, short and cone shaped; vincular processes variously developed; saccus elongate, nearly as long as tegument; phallus elongate with a subovate caecum and a distinct subterminal spine.”

I am looking forward to an NIH grant application for government money (i.e., our tax dollars).  Topics may include determination if the moth is hostile to plants, mating habits, and larvae (caterpillar) nutritional needs.   Moths do circle around artificial lights……..the possibilities of liberal spin on this is tremendous; I will not provide further help ☺   I like the mimic of DTs hair.

For insomnia, the entire paper is located here, with pictures.  Enjoy.

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