Earlier this week, US TV reporter Bob Barnard was doing a live broadcast from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., where he visited the butterfly pavilion. But what promised to be just a regular interview turned a little strange when Barnard got an un-eggs-pected earful ... from an African moon moth (Argema mimosae) that landed on his chest and crawled up to one of his ears!

As it turns out, the brightly coloured insect didn't just fly over to say hello – it had a very specific mission in mind. Its parting gift to the intrepid reporter? Two tiny white eggs deposited in his ear. "I didn't feel the egg laying, just the wing flapping," he explains. "Since they were unfertilised eggs, the staff just flicked them into the plants."

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