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It's #NationalMoonDay 🌝🌚 so here's a piece of the actual moon from our Gem and Mineral collections. This lunar meteorite, called Dar Al Gani 400, was discovered in Dar al Gani of the Libyan Sahara on March 10, 1998. β €
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We know this meteorite is from the moon based on its chemical, mineralogical, and isotopic make up, where it likely came from the lunar highlands (as compared to samples returned from the Apollo missions).

Today is #NationalMoonDay! This is the Blue Moon Diamond. It's one of the rarest gems in the world. It's a cushion cut stone, 12-carats, and internally #flawless. β €
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NHMLA was lucky enough to display it in a special, temporarily exhibition in 2014. Diamonds with a strong saturated color represent only a tiny percentage of all natural diamonds – and only a minute percentage of all natural color diamonds are blue, making the Blue Moon Diamond exceptional. β €
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(Copyright: Cora International. Photo by Tino Hammid)β €

It's a hot Summer in the City! This little House Sparrow knows the cool place to be! 🐦 πŸ“·: @sevenpoints.uk #HowDoYouMuseum #SummerInTheCity

Students from Esperanza Elementary joined us for a special walk through the Nature Gardens this afternoon πŸŒ±πŸ›πŸ¦ We loved their excitement! #LatinoConservationWeek

The gentle observation captured in this photo is the perfect embodiment of the Butterfly Pavilion πŸ’œ πŸ“·: @momma.shutterbug #HowDoYouMuseum

Have you ever seen a polychaete (pronounced poly-keet)?β €
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Polychaetes are fascinating and colorful worms, nearly all of which live in the ocean. They can be found in every habitat in the sea, from tidepools to the deepest ocean floor. Many are found in the sand and mud, but some spend their whole lives swimming in the open water.β €
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This particular worm from the NHMLA Polychaete Collections is Syllis stewarti. It was first described in 1942 but has rarely been seen since. But NHMLA Polychaete Collections Manager Leslie Harris found some on a vertical rock in the upper tide pools of Friday Harbor, Washington!

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From the 1910s to 1920s, exotic animal displays were popular in L.A. By 1910, there were 10 ostrich farms in Southern California. Learn all about why ostriches were important in the tourism and marketing of early Los Angeles in the newly reimagined Becoming Los Angeles exhibition. β €
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Photo courtesy of NHMLA’s Seaver Center for Western History Research. #FBF #FlashbackFriday #VintageLosAngeles #BecomingLA

Ready for #NHMSummerNights? Join us tomorrow from 5-9pm to enjoy the evening breeze, late sunset, and starry skies with @beachcitiesband, @girlsgonevinyl_la, and the @melrosepoetrybureau, plus nature-inspired activities and more! RSVP at NHM.org/summernights (link in bio✨)

T. rex and toddlers! πŸ’š We're not crying.. you're crying. 😭 πŸ“·: @danaedric #HowDoYouMuseum

Calling all Los Angeles County K-12 student nature photographers πŸŒ±πŸ“Έ! From July 11 through September 30, enter your best nature images for your chance to win cool NHMLA prizes! Submit your best photos to us at nhm.org/photocontest β €β €
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This contest will complement the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition coming here on August 19!

Congratulations to June's How Do You Museum contest winner, Lori! Enjoy your 6 passports to the La Brea Tar Pits! πŸ–ŠοΈ: @lsn_photo #HowDoYouMuseum

Is this an ant or a wasp❓
Despite the common name β€œVelvet Ant,” this insect is a wasp in the family Mutillidae. The females are wingless and can deliver an extremely painful sting, hence the bright red warning coloration. The winged males cannot sting, which is true for all male ants, bees, and wasps! They can be found across the L.A. basin in less disturbed, sandy habitats.
Check out the β€œAnt-Man: The Science of Ants” video in our highlights for more insect info!
πŸ“· by Lisa Gonzalez, repost via @nhmla_bioscan

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