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The blog is where we'll post news, updates, information about objects in our collection, #betterworkstories, profiles of staff members and visitors, pictures and videos, and really anything we think you'd find interesting. We hope you enjoy. 

If there's a topic you'd like us to do a post about, or a post that you think needs a sequel, just let us know!

Milestone met for moth project at Otago Museum

The Otago Museum, in collaboration with Landcare Research, is in the middle of a significant moth data collection project, working towards painting a broad picture of its expansive moth collection. The Museum holds one of New Zealand’s most accurately documented and regionally comprehensive collections of moths, assembled by former Otago Museum Collections and Research Manager Brian Patrick. Each moth within this collection has been named, and each record includes data on where it was collected, when and by whom. The project will capture and digitise the data of over 23,000 specimens including three families of moth – Ghost moths (Hepialidae), Geometer moths (Geometridae) and Owlet moths (Noctuidae). Late last month, the project team celebrated...

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Our Tropical Terrapins

Two terrapins, named Daphne and Heidi, live in our Tropical Forest here at the Otago Museum. They are red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans), a type of terrapin often seen as a household pet.

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World Penguin Day

A guest post from the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust about penguin feathers and moulting.

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Death's Cruel Sting

Dead bees and lime trees and mysteries.

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Tooth be or not tooth be?

Just like we do here at the Museum, the Otago Hospice shop occasionally gets strange items dropped off to them.

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EDDIE

Hitchhiking giant wētā

An unexpected visitor arrived at the Otago Museum recently. (Warning: large bug picture after the jump.)

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Autahi

Articulating Autahi

Meet Autahi, the Otago Museum's leopard seal.

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