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Giant leaf insects/CAS ENT Scientific name: Phyllium giganteum Locality: West Malaysia, Pahang State, Kameron Highlands Department: Entomology, image © California Academy of Science / 📷Kathryn Whitney

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Now glowing at NightLife: @maggiewest ’s FLORA DOME, an 8-foot-tall geodesic dome constructed of 102 unique photographic panels featuring images of tropical plant life—the first piece of her ongoing artist's residency with our Nightlife LIVE series. (Psst: See it every Thursday eve through October 10.) / 📸Maggie West #CASNightLife

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Southern carmine bee-eater / CAS-ORN 98024 Scientific name: Merops nubicus Collection: Ornithology & Mammalogy, image ©California Academy of Sciences Some of the specimens that have joined our collection over time ("over time" = in the 166 years since we were founded) don't come with much collection data, but even those are able to help people learn (& love) more about the natural world. This little carmine bee-eater, for example—found across sub-equatorial Africa—was part of several exhibits, most recently 2015's "Color of Life." #scientificcollections

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Priamus birdwing butterfly / EXH.PROP.2015.21.002 Scientific name: Ornthoptera priamus Like the spangled cotinga we previously posted, this birdwing butterfly is part of our “Color of Life” exhibit, displayed alongside other common birdwings. And although it doesn’t come with much collection data either, it’s on the public floor every day, helping people learn about the evolution of the natural world’s colorful diversity. 🌈 Image: ©California Academy of Sciences

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We're setting up camp this week with curator Lauren Esposito/ @caribales & @islandsseas co-founder Eric Stiner/ @erixtrip at their remote field station in Baja California Sur, Mexico—a site on the edge of 2 deserts, the Pacific Ocean, Mexico's largest nature refuge, & it’s never been scientifically documented. Updates on Stories, as/when wifi allows!

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Spangled cotinga / CAS-ORN 98301 Scientific name: Cotinga cayana Department: Ornithology & Mammalogy, image ©California Academy of Sciences Some of the specimens that have joined our collection over time ("over time" = in the 166 years since we were founded) don't come with much collection data, but even those are able to help people learn (& love) more about the natural world. This little spangled continga, for example—native to the canopies of the Amazon—was part of our 2015 "Color of Life" exhibit. #scientificcollections

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👋 from 1 of the 7 hills on our Living Roof, aka the heart of the Academy. Weather stations on the roof monitor wind, rain, & changes in temp to help inform the building's automated systems and skylights; solar panels generate power; the hills are lined with ~1.7 million plants whose roots interlock to capture 100% of excess storm water & create an oasis for native birds, bees, butterflies, & more; fields of blooms add up to the densest concentration of wildflowers in San Francisco; & oh, the stargazing on clear Thursday NightLife evenings. 💫 / 📷 by @cyndyripy.

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Corundum variety sapphires Locality: Sri Lanka Collection: Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, image ©California Academy of Sciences #scientificcollections #gemstones

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How does an every-day-penguin-loving museum celebrate #WorldPenguinDay ? GLAMOROUS PENGUIN PHOTO SHOOT! Hellooo Stanlee (our widdle fresh-faced juvenile) & the always adorable Homey & Tux, all members of our #SpeciesSurvivalPlan colony of African Penguins. / 📷by Academy photog @kathrynwhitneyphoto

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Easter egg weevils Scientific name: Pachyrrhynchus spp. Distribution: Philippine region Collection: Entomology, 📷: California Academy of Sciences The brilliant, metallic patterns of Easter egg weevils deter predators, but are fascinating to scientists. Magnification reveals that their colors are composed of tiny, glittering discs. These iridescent scales are the world’s only known organic version of the gemstone opal.

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We’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to our biggest party of the year!🥂 For your chance to win a spot at #CASBigBang , tag a friend in the comments and tell us which animal you most want to party with after dark. (We’ll DM winners on Friday evening.) Why join us April 25? For a live DJ set by St. Vicious a/k/a @st_vincent , open bars + complimentary bites, a trip to “Dino Island”, & so much more! Best of all, it’s the most fabulous way to support science: All proceeds from “Big Bang: Party After Dark” help support our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit the link in our bio! 🍾🐠🎉 (Must be 21+ to attend.) —— UPDATE: We have our winners! Thanks so much to all who entered. ——

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