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Neopalpa donaldtrumpi
Neopalpa donaldtrumpi adult male, Imperial County, California.jpg
Adult male specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Neopalpa
Species: N. donaldtrumpi
Binomial name
Neopalpa donaldtrumpi
Nazari, 2017
Distribution of Neopalpa species.jpg
Distribution of N. donaldtrumpi (yellow triangles)

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a moth species of the genus Neopalpa occurring in Southern California and Northern Mexico. It was described in 2017 by Canadian scientist Vazrick Nazari.[1] He chose the name because the moth's head cover reminded him of the hair of then President-elect Donald Trump.

Discovery[edit | edit source]

The genus Neopalpa, including the species Neopalpa neonata, was first described in 1998 by Dalibor Povolný.[2] Almost two decades later, Nazari reviewed the material, including specimens that had been collected since the first description of the genus, from the Bohart Entomology Museum.[3] He considered that some of the specimens formed a new species. In January 2017 he published an article naming it Neopalpa donaldtrumpi for the yellowish-white color of the scales on the head, which reminded him of then President-elect Donald Trump's hairstyle.[4][5]

Description[edit | edit source]

Head of N. donaldtrumpi

The upper surface of the N. donaldtrumpi forewings is orange-yellow except for dark brown patches on the fringe and anterior portions of the wing. The length between forewings is 3 mm (0.12 in) to 4.6 mm (0.18 in). Hindwings are pale buff, with dark fringes. The wings have similar coloration for both males and females. Its antennae are about two-thirds of its wingspan and its head is covered with yellowish white scales, which inspired the moth's name.[4][5] Compared with N. neonata, the other species in the genus, N. donaldtrumpi male genitalia structures are smaller and female genitalia possess very few small setae.[4]

Distribution[edit | edit source]

While the closely related N. neonata occurs throughout much of California, Baja California and Northwest Mexico, specimens of N. donaldtrumpi so far has only been found in the Northern half of Baja California and Riverside and Imperial counties in Southern California.[4]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi belongs to the twirler moths, known for their propensity to spin in circles on leaves.[6] The moth appears to be evenly distributed through the year, but its host plant and lifespan are not known.[7] Its habitat is threatened by urbanization.[8]

Taxonavigation[edit | edit source]

Taxonavigation: Gelechioidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Divisio: Eulepidoptera
Sectio: Ditrysia
Subsectio: Apoditrysia
Superfamilia: Gelechioidea

Familia: Gelechiidae
Subfamilia: Gelechiinae
Tribus: Gnorimoschemini
Genus: Neopalpa

Species: Neopalpa donaldtrumpi

Name[edit | edit source]

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi Nazari, 2017

Type locality: USA: CA, Imperial Co., Algodones Dunes – Niland-Glamis Rd. 7.4 km NW Glamis, 33°02′N, 115°08.3′W.

Holotype: UCBME. male ♂. 21-25.IV.2009. genitalia slide VNZ240 ♂.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuelson, Kate (January 18, 2017). "Scientists Just Named a Tiny Moth After Donald Trump: The moth's official name is Neopalpa donaldtrumpi". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  2. Povolný, Dalibor (1998). "Neopalpa gen. n. and Eurysaccoides gen. n. — two new genera of the tribe Gnorimoschemini from California, with the description of three new species (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae)". Revista de Lepidopterología. Sociedad Hispano-Luso-Americana de Lepidopterología. 26: 139–146. 
  3. Fitch, Chris (2017-01-18). "Meet the Trump moth". Geographical. Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Nazari, Vazrick (2017). "Review of Neopalpa Povolný, 1998 with description of a new species from California and Baja California, Mexico (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae)". ZooKeys. 646: 79. doi:10.3897/zookeys.646.11411. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Neopalpa donaldtrumpi Motte trägt nun Namen von Donald Trump", Der Spiegel, 18 January 2017 (German)
  6. Burdick, Alan (January 20, 2017). "The Metaphorical Meaning of a Moth Named after Trump". The New Yorker. Retrieved 23 January 2017. The genus belongs to a wider family, Gelechiidae, the twirler moths, so called for their habit of spinning in circles on the surface of leaves. 
  7. "Research: Recently described moth named in honour of new U.S. president". BirdGuides. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  8. Raphael, John (19 January 2017). "New Moth Species With Yellowish-White Scales, Small Genitals Named After Donald Trump". Nature World News. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 

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