-- Jeff Cremer (@JCremerPhoto) September 28, 2016
An Amazon jungle photographer was preparing to check on some camera traps in the Peruvian Amazon last Wednesday when someone called him over to check something out. It was Donald Trump's Hair.
Jeff Cremer, originally from Colorado but living in Lima, Peru, has spent six years photographing in the Peruvian Amazon and leads photography tours there.
So when he saw Donald Trump's Hair, he immediately knew what it was, having seen one four years earlier.
"We call this the Donald Trump's Hair caterpillar for obvious reasons," Cremer told GrindTV via email. "It looks a lot like Donald Trump's hair. Some people call it the 'Trumpapillar.'"
Donald Trump's Hair, officially known as the flannel moth caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis), resembles the hair of the Republican presidential nominee almost perfectly.
In addition to photos, Cremer shot video of the discovery made in the jungle in Tambopata:
"The caterpillar is pretty interesting because of its size and bright color," Cremer said. "I also think that it's interesting that although it looks really cool, it's actually very dangerous."
Cremer said the hair of the venomous caterpillar features "urticating bristles which can cause irritation when they break off and lodge in skin."
"Generally most hairs are only irritating, but some are dangerous to the eyes and respiratory tract, and some can cause severe skin necrosis and shedding," he added.
"A few years ago I was in the jungle and I met a guy with a huge welt on his shoulder. He said that he was walking through the jungle and bumped into a caterpillar that was sitting on a tree."
So Cremer knew to approach Donald Trump's Hair with caution.
"I needed to be careful when taking the pictures because there was a little breeze and the stinging hairs started coming off and floating around in the breeze," Cremer said. "If one of them touched my skin or landed in my eye, it could have been a bad situation."
The moral to the story? Don't touch Donald Trump's Hair.
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