Clint Eastwood played the iconic Man with No Name in his earliest westerns. Now meet a Moth with No Name, an identity problem that will soon be solved with an online auction.
The Western National Parks Association (WNPA) has kicked off an unusual bidding process through Internet auction giant Ebay: the chance to with the right to name a new moth species.
The moth in question was discovered by Eric H. Metzler, a well-known entomologist who has extensively studied the area of White Sands National Monument in New Mexico since 2007.
Metzler has found more than two-dozen new species of moth on the monument's 275 square miles of grounds, and now he wants one of them to get a name and help WNPA in the process.
"Our thanks to Eric H. Metzler for providing WNPA and the research program with this truly unique item," the WNPA said in a statement.
The winner of the auction will work with Metzler to help turn the top-bidder's name choice into something compatible with standard Latin taxonomy.
From a starting bid of $250, at latest writing the highest bid stood at $5,800. The auction ends on October 23.