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New Species of Moth Named for Donald Trump

You can probably see why
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2017 4:59 PM CST

(Newser) – The main reason people run for president—we assume—is to get weird new species named after themselves. President Obama has an extinct lizard, a lichen, and more named after him, and now Donald Trump is getting in on the action. Live Science reports a tiny—only 9 millimeters across—moth has been named for the president-elect, and shockingly it's not a hand-size joke. Instead, Dr. Vazrick Nazari, who discovered Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, thinks the white and yellow scales on the moth's head resemble Trump's distinctive hairdo, according to the Telegraph. Nazari says he hopes naming the new species, which lives in Southern California and Baja, after Trump will draw attention to the important need for conservation in North America. (Read more moth stories.)

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