Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Moth Named N. donaldtrumpi

Donald Trump and 'Neopalpa donaldtrumpi'. Image credit: 

I know this news is one year old – but I guess, better late than never. 

'Neopalpa donaldtrumpi’ is a rare moth species of the genus Neopalpa – and described in the journal Zookeys (January 17, 2017 edition) by Canadian scientist Vazrick Nazari. He chose the name because the moth's crown of yellowish scales reminded him of the (then President-elect) Donald Trump. 

A type of twirler moth, it is a wee little insect found in southern California and Baja California in northwestern Mexico. 

It seems nature favors fancy golden hairdos as much as the man himself. Who could forget China's beloved Trump bird? Read my November 16, 2016 post titled “Donald Trump Hairdo” @

Nazari had also said he chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges. 

"I hope to bring some public attention to the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats in the United States that still contain undescribed and threatened species, and generate interest in the importance of alpha-taxonomy in better understanding the neglected micro-fauna component of the North American biodiversity", he said. 

It's a mission Nazari hoped Trump's administration will appreciate. For the moth’s sake, I really hope so!

Yesterday, on my way to a morning business appointment – I came across an accident along Jalan Putra. 

I realize that even in a traffic-congested city like Kuala Lumpur – we are still bedevilled with road accidents – and I don’t think I am wrong to claim they occur on an almost daily basis. 

Malaysian drivers are defiant, aggressive and combative. And restraint, patience and courtesy have been thrown out of the window. 

That explains why road accidents are on an upward trajectory. A New Straits Times report on January 18, 2017 informed us that a total of 521,466 accidents were recorded in 2016 – and this was an increase from 489,606 in 2015. And 80.6 percent of the road accidents were caused by human error. 

Fatalities also worsened. In 2016, total of 7,152 people died in road accidents in Malaysia – an alarming jump from 6,706 deaths in the year before. And 62.7 percent of the deaths in 2016 involved motorcyclists. 

Malaysians are losing it. It is time we teach road users road manners.

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