the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

tear stealer

A species of moth drinks tears from the eyes of sleeping birds using a fearsome proboscis shaped like a harpoon, scientists have revealed.

The new discovery – spied in Madagascar – is the first time moths have been seen feeding on the tears of birds.

(more here)
(Illustrations by Aazarnoush Ebraahemiroushan
The Star of Manners and Letters (Iran, 1986).
found here


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“It is human disturbance that has caused the species to retreat to inaccessible caves,” he told…

(about the rare monk seal)

which reminded me of bill peet’s the wump world
– one of those children’s books that can leave the eyes misted.