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Mars Higher and Brighter Each Day | September 2020 Sky Happenings
September 9, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Jupiter and  Saturn are in the south at dusk this month.  Look south in the early evening for the two planets which will be about 6 degrees apart.  Jupiter outshines every star up at night.    Mars is higher and brighter in the morning sky each day this month.  Look high in the southwest at dawn.  […]

From Our Collections: Lucy is in the Building
September 1, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Those who are frequent visitors to the Morian Hall of Paleontology might have noticed that a familiar face has reappeared. The very last section of the exhibit hall now shows a life-sized version of a female Australopithecus afarensis. Not just any afarensis, mind you, but rather a fleshed-out model of the famous Lucy. One can […]

Fill in the Blanks with Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Dan Brooks
August 28, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

If you’ve gazed with wide-eyed wonder at the museum’s Frensley-Graham Hall of African Wildlife and the adjacent Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, you can thank curator Dr. Dan Brooks for his loving attention to detail.  Since 1999 he’s been an integral part of the world at HMNS, overseeing the institution’s vast vertebrate specimens collection. Bringing […]

From our Collections: You Should See Me in a Crown – The Queen Conch
August 27, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

So what is a Queen Conch?  First, they are Mollusks also commonly referred to as Sea Snails. They were once commonly found around the Florida coast and in much of the Caribbean Sea in great quantities. However they have been on the Endangered Species List for many years, and it is against the law to […]

Happy Egyptian New Year
August 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

The stale sticky days of high summer are upon Houston – and also Egypt (although the Egyptian summer has stayed mild so far). What time of year could feel less fresh? For the Egyptians, however, now was the start of the year, a time of new beginnings. Egypt, as no Egyptologist can avoid telling you, […]

From the Curator: Aquatic Turtles of McGovern Lake
August 18, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

I’ve been doing aquatic bird surveys at McGovern Lake in Hermann Park for over a decade, but that will have to be a blog topic for the future!  Every now and then my son comes with me, and he’s pretty much a reptile-magnet.   We now have documented the following four species of freshwater turtles at […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

Butterfly Pinning How To

Have you ever seen a piece of art or craft that you think to yourself “I could do that!” but of course you never act on it?  Well, some people do act on that impulse and I’m going to show you how to do just that.  Every now and then I get a phone call from […]

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Digging in the dirt: Getting to know the Dimetrodon of the Texas Permian Red Beds

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Butterfly Pinning How To

Lorie Janish · August 29, 2020, 9:59 am

Awesome how to video! I would love to get some of the butterflies from the HMNS. Can you please let me know how I can do this. Me and my son have already mounted some dead butterflies that we have found together and would like to do more. It is not an easy thing to find a dead butterfly. I even have a yard full of butterfly weed and other butterfly attracting plants. We have released a lot of new hatched butterflies out to the world but have not had any visitor that were close to death. Or if they were we put them close to the feeders and they perked up and fluttered away.

Hummingbirds of the Night

Mike McCroskey · August 25, 2020, 8:40 pm

Thanks for publishing this article. My wife found it last night as I was telling her about these strange little hummingbirds that have been flying around our Rangoon creeper for the past several nights. One even buzzed by my head like a bug would do. I thought this strange behavior for a bird. These things look exactly like humming birds as they dart around my fence into the blooms. They seem slightly smaller than the humming birds that come by during the day. The markings are hard to distinguish because of the lack of light, but I thought one looked like it had a ruby throat. We have about a half dozen now every night. Anyway, I had never heard of this moth and it’s weird flight pattern; but their presence makes a lot more since then small, night-time humming birds. So, thanks again.

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