March 24, 2015 6:16 PM EDT

That African Moon Moth on my ear on live TV laid two eggs! (Yuck) It's #MuseumWeek @NMNH @fox5newsdc

— Bob Barnard (@barnardfox5dc) March 23, 2015

A reporter in the nation’s capital recently got an earful, not from a juicy source or whistleblower, but from… a moth.

FOX 5 reporter Bob Barnard says an African moon moth laid two eggs in his ear during a live shot from the butterfly pavilion at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

“This African Moon moth is mating with my ear lobe,” he said during an interview with Dan Babbitt, manager of the museum’s insect zoo.

He posted two photos on Twitter. A brief clip of the segment is below:

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