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Fox Moth

Fox moths (Macrothylacia rubi), like the regal lepidopteran pictured above, are named for their coloration, and adult males display the reddish brown of their namesake. Before they become moths, they are young, dark brown caterpillars with light orange bands along their bodies. As caterpillars, they hibernate in leaf litter between September and March, and then fly as moths from May to July. Notably, the males fly in the afternoon and evening while females only fly at night—limiting mating hours. The animals belong to the Eggar family (Lasiocampids) and live in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and throughout the British Isles (except Orkney and Shetland), as well as in Central Asia and Siberia.

To learn more, visit the Museum’s comprehensive archive of essays and videos about moths and butterflies:

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Name: Naida
Nickname: Nida, Dada
Zodiac Sign: Pisces 
Height: 162 cm
Orientation: Straight 
Nationalit: Bosnian
Fav fruit: Watermelon, strawberry, fig
Fav season: Autumn
Fav scent: Rain, fire burning, cinnamon and apples baking, coffee.
Fav colour: Pastels, green, red
Fav animal: Cat, horse, cow, deer.
Coffee, tea or hot cocoa: Coffee
Average hours of sleep: 7-8
Fav fictional character: Kitty from Anna Karenina, Aloysha from Karamazov, Jane from Pride & Prejudice.
Number of blankets you sleep with: One
Dream trip:
A trip around Mediterranean, East Europe and Central Asia
Blog created: 2012

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Singing in the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

The acoustics  in the 400 year old mosque are amazing & notes hang in the air with crystal clarity. The singer is a student from northern Iran visiting Isfahan & had always wanted to sing in the mosque because of its unique acoustic resonance qualities. You have to stand on the tiled square for perfect effect.

“By all means, America.”

Ivan has fun encouraging Alfred’s more questionable ideas. For a smart guy, he does lots of dumb things. And he does them with confidence, which makes it funnier to watch when they turn out badly.


Striped Hyena

The striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is a species of hyaena native to North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It is the smallest of the true hyenas and retains many primitive viverrid characteristics lost in larger species, having a smaller and less specialized skull. Adult weight can range from 49 to 121 pounds, averaging at about 77 pounds. The striped hyena features prominently in Middle Eastern and Asian folklore. In some areas, its body parts are considered magical, and are used as charms or talismans. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, where it is referred to as tzebua or zevoa, though the species is absent in some Bible translations into English.

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