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Bees are the superstars of the pollination world. Most pollinators have favorite flowers—zeroing in on specific blossom colors, odors and shapes—but bees aren’t picky and they visit many blooms.

Here’s one in our @smithsoniangardens’ Pollinator Garden with Asclepias syriaca, or common milkweed.

We’re celebrating the vital work done by pollinators of all shapes and sizes this #NationalPollinatorWeek, as so much of the food we eat depends on them.

How can you support pollinators? Add diversity to your landscape with a tapestry of plants. 🐝🦋🐛#PollinatorWeek #polliNation

We’re really coming out of our shells. 🐢🐢 These two Bourret’s box turtle hatchlings are a major conservation success at @smithsonianzoo.
They emerged from their shells June 12, after a 12-week incubation. They weigh 25 grams (less than an ounce) each—that’s 1/52 the size of their mother, but they’re growing!
Scientists estimate only 2,300 of this critically endangered species remain in their native evergreen forests of Vietnam and Laos. This pair is the first of their species to hatch at the Zoo, and they’re being closely monitored off-exhibit. #WeSaveSpecies

For more than 100 years, no one knew how Smithsonian scientist Robert Kennicott died.
He started as part of a rowdy band of scientists who lived in the Smithsonian Castle and named themselves the megatherium club after an extinct giant sloth.
When their work was done for the day, they took to drinking, having sack races down the hallways and serenading the boss’s daughters.
To start the new season of our podcast Sidedoor, we trace Kennicott’s life and uncover the mystery of his death with our @smithsoniannmnh detectives.
Listen now at si.edu/sidedoor (link in bio) and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. 🎧

Balloon weddings were once all the rage. When flight was a novelty in the 19th century, these “destination weddings” became quite the spectacle.
The Sept. 27, 1888 wedding of Margaret Buckley and Edward T. Davis drew an estimated 40,000 people, who watched as the couple took to the air after their ceremony at the Rhode Island State Fair.
Their honeymoon-by-sky hit a snag, though, when the balloon landed in a swamp that evening. The passengers had to cling to the ropes above the basket to stay out of the water—and decided to finish the trip by train.
Later, the couple reenacted their wedding for a photographer in a studio, which is how we have this photo in our @airandspacemuseum.

Look who we found at the beach this weekend.

When Tim Jerman was a child, he couldn’t decide whether to become a marine biologist or an artist. So he became an artist who created intricate glass sculptures of aquatic life.
This piece, "Hermit Crab" (2000), is in our @americanartmuseum. 🐚

Summer fashion inspiration from antiquity via our @silibraries' stacks.
These Greek and Roman sandals are from the first volume of a 1905 history of costume by Adolf Rosenberg. This is from the first of the five volumes in "Geschichte des Kostüms."

Can you imagine this painting filling nearly a whole wall? Swipe ➡️to get a closer look. “Moon at Shinagawa” (ca. 1788) is one of three paintings by the legendary but mysterious Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro, reunited for the first time since 1879 at our @freersackler.
Utamaro idealized some of Japan's notorious districts (and their brothels) in his immense paintings. “Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered” explores the carefully constructed persona of Utamaro, the many questions surrounding his work and the dark reality behind his colorfully portrayed subject matter. See it through July 9.

Not only does it stink, but part of this orchid resembles wriggling maggots. A great gift!
This specimen of Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis, charmingly nicknamed “Bucky,” once nearly shut down a @smithsoniangardens greenhouse for DAYS because of its stench.
When it was first donated to us, few people outside Asia had seen the species, though it is recorded in early writings as smelling like “a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sun.” Bucky’s species (originally from Papua New Guinea) targets female carrion flies as pollinators, with a flower head that has a cluster of 15 to 20 meat-colored flowers covered with fleshy projections. If that weren’t enough, it evolved to have a fragrance that matches its appearance.

We hope your week rocks. 🤘
A rock concert inspired artist Debra Baxter to create her “Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles” series.
This one, a lefty, is now on view at our @americanartmuseum’s #RenwickGallery, which is home to the museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art.

Take a calming breath and spin through 360 degrees of this serene #NicolasParty mural.
The Swiss artist used the curved walls of our @hirshhorn’s inner circle gallery to create “sunrise, sunset,” which spans nearly 400 feet.
Each section has its own vibrant, colorful vignette of the sun rising and setting—the inevitable, daily mark of time that connects that past and the future of humanity.
See the site-specific work #atHirshhorn through Oct. 1. 🌞🌚

This pitcher makes lemonade on the porch ~fancy~ 🍋

In the second half of the 19th century, Tiffany and Co. silversmith Edward C. Moore found inspiration in Islamic decorative arts.
For this design in our @cooperhewitt, Moore combined those influences with a type of extravagant silver style that started in Maryland. The body is decorated in the “Baltimore Style” floral pattern that gained popularity with Victorians and stuck around.

An unflinching gaze into the human face of battle is now at our @smithsoniannpg. “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now” focuses on the psychological impact of modern warfare on those who serve, bringing the distant experience of combat closer through art.
With works by six contemporary artists across multiple mediums, it shows the reality—and humanity—of soldiers within a culture that has often normalized warfare.
These photos by Louie Palu are of (in order): Canadian Medic Mcpl. Marie Gionet, U.S. Marine Cpl. Philip Pepper, U.S. Army Spc. Larry Bowen, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Carter

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