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This striking creature is a cuckoo wasp. The term "cuckoo wasp" refers to the cuckoo-like way in which wasps in the family lay eggs in the nests of unrelated host species. Image by Stuart Humphreys Β© Australian Museum
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02/17/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
The final in our 'blue tide' series, its Porpita (Porpita pacifica). Sometimes called a Blue Button, it's often mistaken for a jellyfish, though actually consists of a colony of hydroids. You may have seen these dried up on the shore, but their beauty is truly revealed when floating in water like this.
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02/17/2017 at 05:31. Facebook
Why do we milk spiders for their venom? Here's an update from the Venom Lab with our Chief Spider Wrangler Lachlan Manning (and his little friend). Spiders Alive & Deadly exhibition on now >>>
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02/16/2017 at 06:03. Facebook
Guess this skeleton! Is it that of...
A) a Mole?
B) a Pliosaur?
C) a Platypus?
D) a Giant Bull Ant?
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02/15/2017 at 05:40. Facebook
Ever wondered how to move a giant whale skeleton? Restore a ceremonial Malaga Mask? Reassemble an Irish Elk, or stick a Sea turtle skeleton back together? AM’s Objects Conservator Sheldon Teare is your guy. New podcast up now >>> Photos by Roy Weiland Β© Australian Museum
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02/14/2017 at 05:30. Facebook
This Wednesday night, delve deeper into the world of scientific illustrators and sisters Harriet and Helena Scott on a guided tour of our exquisite Scott Sister exhibition with Producer and Archivist extraordinaire Vanessa Finney. Plus live music, art installations, design workshops, hands-on dinosaur fossil restorations (had to be dinos in there somewhere) and more. Get your 2-for-1 tickets...
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Wednesday night at the AM
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02/13/2017 at 05:45. Facebook
More women in science = better science. In celebration of United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we caught up with Dr Rebecca Johnson, Dr Jodi Rowley and Dr Greta Frankham β€” three phenomenal scientists kicking major #sciencegoals here at the Australian Museum. [ Link ] #womeninscience
3D spiders are crawling the streets of Sydney! Bring them to life with our free Spiders β€” Alive and Deadly App. Download it here >>> (and tag us in your best #spiderselfie)
Another hot day, another cool creature of the 'Blue Tide'. Velella velella (sometimes called 'By-the-wind Sailor') is not a jellyfish, but a colony of polyps dependent on one another for survival. Its triangular sails catch the wind, helping it to travel the seas. Photo by Mel Murray Β© Australian Museum
It's Eureka season! Past entries include an underwater robot that targets venomous Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, a human kidney in a dish, and a citizen science project tracking fireball sightings on an app. Entries open now! #Eureka17

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
What does Sir David Attenborough think of the new genus (a native Tasmanian snail) named in his honour?

More on Attenborougharion rubicundus here: [ Link ]
We’re still buzzing. Today, world-renowned naturalist and living legend Sir David Attenborough visited the Australian Museum where he received our highest honour, Lifetime Patron. And to show just how much he means to us, we named our newly discovered genus (a large Tasmanian snail) the Attenborougharion! How has Sir David Attenborough inspired you?

Sir David Attenborough becomes Lifetime Patron
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Culture Up Late 22 Feb

Most 19th century natural history artists worked from pinned specimens that were faded and stiff. The Scott Sisters, however, raised and kept live insects so they could paint 'from life'. Transformations: The Art of the Scott Sisters opens TODAY at the AM.

A Labour of Love β€” the Scott Family Collection
This week marks the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by Maori tribes and representatives of the British crown on 6 February 1840. The treaty is often cited as the foundation of New Zealand society.

Celebrate with us at a special event this Wednesday night, 5pm-9pm at the AM. Kapa Haka performances, Pacific artefact talks, hands-on craft workshops, pop-up bar, DJ and live...
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Celebrate Pacifica cultures
The pair of ornate central 'wires' in the male King Bird of Paradise tail are an important part of his display. As the young male bird matures into adult plumage, his two central tailfeathers also change. Successive moults over a four-year period change the two 'normal-feather-shaped' feathers to the impressive curled, spatulate-tipped wires of an adult male seen here. Photo by Carl Bento Β©...
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Beach-goers! If you see Blue Bottles (Physalia physalis) washed ashore this weekend, keep a look out for other lesser-know creatures of the 'blue tide' like this Violet Snail (Janthina janthina). The Violet Snail manages to float by producing its own mucus-covered bubble raft, and can be seen here FEEDING on Blue Bottle tentacles.
From the 1850s, natural history illustrators and sisters Helena and Harriet Scott documented the butterflies and botany of NSW in exquisite detail. Learn more about these incredible women, and experience their collection for yourself from 7 Feb >>
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Culture Up Late 15 Feb

#Throwback to the creature that The Ugly Animal Preservation Society once named the World's Ugliest Animal β€” Mr Blobby the Blobfish (Psychrolutes microporos). The beloved Mr Blobby was found during a research expedition in the Tasman Sea back in 2003 and now resides in the AM's Ichthyology Collection. For what it's worth, we don’t think he’s ugly, and neither did the Mr Blobby fans who wrote...
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