Insects

Meet The Flannel Moth Caterpillar, AKA The Donald Trump Caterpillar

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The flannel moth caterpillar doesn't look like flannel, a moth, or a caterpillar. But it sure does look familiar, doesn't it? The insect, found in the Peruvian Amazon, bares a striking resemblance to 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump — or at least, to his infamous hairdo. Trump has long been known for his blonde combover, and this caterpillar — whose scientific name is the Megalopyge opercularis — has bright yellow hairs that has earned it the nickname "the Donald Trump caterpillar."

The flannel moth caterpillar appears fluffy and soft to touch, but you don't want to get anything near this thing. Touching the creature's venomous hairs, which are like tiny hypodermic needles, will cause you burning and irritation. The "trumpapillar," as it is increasingly referred to, uses its hairs to protect itself against predators. Learn more about this creature in the video below.

The Donald Trump Caterpillar

This caterpillar is the best, and everyone says so. The best.

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 17, 2016

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