A moth which bears more than a passing resemblance to Donald Trump as a result of its distinctive “hair do” has become the first creature to be named after the President-elect.
The moth, now called the Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, is a new species which was found by Canadian researcher Vazrick Nazari. When the moth was discovered, it is thought that only one name was considered for it because of the distinctive golden “fur” covering its head, which looks like Mr Trump’s famous style. While President Barack Obama was in office, he had nine animal species named after him. The moth has a wing span of just one centimetre and has yellow scales across its head.
So far, Mr Trump has not commented on the naming of the little moth, which is usually found in southern California and Mexico. Mr Nazari has said that he hopes Mr Trump will take it well, and that he also hopes it will inspire the man who is very soon to be the 45th president of the US to prioritise ecological issues during his time in the White House.
In an interview, Mr Nazari said: “I hope that the president will make conservation of such fragile ecosystems in the US his top priority. These ecosystems still contain many undiscovered and undescribed species, and deserve to be protected for future generations. The researcher also hopes that by choosing such a famous name for the moth, it will draw the public’s attention to conservation issues.
Mr Trump is due to officially take office on January 20. His inauguration team are busy putting the final touches to organising his official inauguration ceremony. According to a new poll, Mr Trump will enter the White House as the least popular American president in more than four decades. However, he has promised to unite the people of the US.