An Amazonian Caterpillar has been mistaken for the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hairpiece.
The rare yellow-colored insect has venomous spines resembling the Donald’s hair. It was found by conservationists, resting on a leaf in the Amazon rainforest.
The Daily Express reports:
The creature was spotted in the Amazon by friends Jeff Cremer and Phil Torres who run photography tours from Posada Amazonas, a 30-bed rainforest lodge in Peru.
The creature is known as a flannel moth, its “hair” is actually venomous spines which like Donald Trump can be known to cause irritation.
Donald Trump hit the headlines last week after calling for a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the US, he caused further angere when he said parts of London and Paris were “so radicalised” that they had become no-go areas for police.
His comments have led to over half a million people signing a petition calling for him to be banned from entering the UK – making it the most signed government petition in British History.
Rare “Donald Trump Caterpillar” found, claims the New Discovery:
The insect, a rare yellow-colored caterpillar of the flannel moth, now has the nickname “Donald Trump Caterpillar.”
Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer and conservation biologist Phil Torres spotted the caterpillar in an Amazon rainforest, according to a Daily Mail report. The two men run photography tours from Posada Amazonas, a 30-bed rainforest lodge in Peru.
As you can hear in the video, they didn’t know what to think of this creature when they first saw it. (In Spanish, someone at the end says, “What IS that?”)
Torres told the Daily Mail, “I’ve seen some bizarre looking caterpillars in my time of working in the field, but this was definitely the weirdest one I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t sure what I was looking at at first; it was this big yellow fuzzy thing.”
Cremer added, “On these tours we take tourists and photographers into the Amazon and point out cool and unusual things for them to photograph. We have been leading photo tours together for two years and have never seen anything as strange as this.”
The caterpillar’s “hair” actually consists of setae, which are long, fine silky appendages that, in this case, can cause serious skin irritations. If an unlucky person tries to grab one, they will get a handful of venom, released when the setae poke into skin. Like a bee sting, the injuries can be painful but, for most, are not life threatening.
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