Images: Vazrick Nazari/AP
The helmet-like cluster of yellow-white scales atop its head, bear a striking resemblance to Donald Trump’s hair.
The moth also has 'unique genitalia' which has never before been seen in a male of a similar species. Its genital 'valvae are strongly curved' with an 'acute tip.’
Its male genitalia is “comparatively smaller” than the moth’s close relative Neopalpa neonata, according to the study.
The moth's habitat extends from Southern California in the U.S. through Baja California in Mexico. (insert wall-building joke here.)
Dr. Vazrick Nazari is the Canadian evolutionary biologist who made the discovery.
“With the new administration taking office very soon, and the uncertainties about what is going to happen to the [Environmental Protection Agency], I thought perhaps this would be a good opportunity to bring wider attention to the fact that we have so many fragile ecosystems and protected areas in the US that still house undiscovered and undescribed species of plants and animals, and we absolutely need to continue protecting them,” Nazari said.
More details here.