Photo: Jeff Cremer
Donald Trump’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election are melting away faster than Arctic sea ice. While Hillary Clinton looks likely to land in the White House, she doesn’t have a sentient version of her hair crawling through the Peruvian Amazon, does she? Score one for The Donald!
Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer recently photographed this vibrant, yellow Flannel Moth Caterpillar in Peru’s Amazon rainforest. The creature bears so eery a resemblance to the enigmatic waft that is The Donald’s hair, that some people have dubbed it the “Trumpapillar,” according to Cremer. Here’s a side-by-side examination:
If you happen to spot one of these Trumpapillars while poking around in the jungle, please resist the urge to pluck it from a tree and place it atop your head as you wax xenophobic in an attempt at your best Donald Trump imitation. The Flannel Moth Caterpillar’s hairs are far from soft to the touch; they’re actually covered in urticating (or stinging) bristles, which function like little barbs that break off in the skin, causing irritation. In severe cases, they can even cause skin necrosis. Here’s a closer look at these little nasties:
Here’s Jeff Cremer (be sure to check out his Instagram profile) describing the Trumpapillar and his method of photographing the tiny bristles without poking himself (he uses a macro lens).
“Then next time you see something that looks like Donald Trump’s hair — don’t touch it.” Sager advice has never been spoken.