A news anchor got more than he bargained for during a live broadcast from the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. on Monday, when an exotic moth landed on his ear and laid two eggs inside it.
Fox 5 news anchor Bob Barnard was broadcasting live for a story on Museum Week when a huge African Moon Moth suddenly landed on his head.
Seemingly unfazed, Barnard continued with his broadcast. However, once his work was done, the news anchor discovered that the exotic insect had left a gift behind, in the shape of two eggs. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Washington Fox 5’s Bob Barnard got an earful from an African Moon Moth in a live spot at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History on Monday when the bug laid two eggs in his ear.
2. Barnard was doing a story on Museum Week in DC when the moth laid eggs in his ear. He had no clue it had happened until after the broadcast.
Barnard previously felt a bit of a tickle, which at first he thought was a bite from the moth.
However, the insect expert the journalist was interviewing informed him that African Moon Moths have no mouths at all and so are incapable of biting.
The moths’ rounded, green larvae, the zoo expert explained, do all the eating. Once they become adults, the moths live off their fat stores.
On Monday, Barnard tweeted:
That African Moon Moth on my ear on live TV laid two eggs! (Yuck).
3. An African Moon Moth lays eggs inside a news anchor’s ear during a live broadcast (scroll down for the full segment).
Possibly the tickling sensation Barnard thought was biting was actually produced when the moth was laying her eggs.
Whatever the cause, the moth won’t stick around for long enough to see whether the news anchor helps raise her young. Unable to eat, Moon Moths live for only a handful of days.
The moths do, however, lay hundreds of eggs, a few at a time, before they die.
4. The African Moon moth measures around 4 inches across with tail-like structures dangling majestically from its wings. The moth likely laid hundreds more eggs after the two she left behind on Barnard (image: Wikimedia).
5. An African Moon Moth lays eggs in Fox 5 reporter’s ear during a live broadcast.
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