Donald Trump maybe having the best month ever. The President-elect and 2016 U.S. Presidential election winner is only a few weeks away from becoming the 45th President of the United States. But, that is not the only honor being bestowed on the next president of the free world. Scientists have named a newly discovered moth after Donald Trump.
A biologist decided to name a moth that lives in parts of California and Mexico the Neopalpa donaldtrumpi. The moth has features that resembles Donald Trump including a crown with yellow tinted scales.
It’s important to note that naming a newly discovered animal is pretty commonplace. In fact, there are nine species of animals named after President Barack Obama.
For instance, Aptostichus barackobamai also known as the ‘trapdoor spider’ was named by biologist Jason Bond of Auburn University after he discovered the spider in California. What makes the Aptostichus barackobamai special? Apparently, the spider has ability to ambush insects, frogs and other animals after the spider builds hidden trapdoors.
Outside of the ‘trapdoor spider’, Paragordius obamai is also named after President Barack Obama. Paragordius obamai is a type of parasite that can grow up to 30 centimeters long inside a cricket. University of New Mexico biologists discovered the hair worm in Kenya. Biologists named the hair worm after President Obama as the U.S. President’s father is from a city Kenya.
Then, there’s Etheostoma Obama a fish found in a Tennessee river. The fish is known to swim fast through the Tennessee river and was discovered by biologists working for an environmental consulting firm. Biologists said they named the fish after Barack Obama because of Obama’s commitment to protecting the environment.
Expect more and more scientists in the near future to name their discoveries after the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Update (Thursday, January 19, 2017): Edited the title to ‘Biologist Names Newly Discovered Moth After Donald Trump’.