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September 25, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – The Great Road Trip: New Stories in the Human Journey by John Kappelman   The lure of what lies over the next horizon has always been a central part of our human quest. Dr. John Kappelman will present the latest research information on about our explorations–places, dates, and even genomic analysis–has helped to […]

Why Does Autumn Start While It’s Still So Hot?!
September 22, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

It’s a common joke I’ve been hearing lately, and in a way it makes sense. Why celebrate the beginning of the season before the weather even begins to change?  However, there are more changes in store for us than merely the temperature, and in the past these changes have been a vital reminder to our […]

Pirate Treasure At HMNS…?
September 19, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

So today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and a lot of people have been asking me if we have any pirate-related (piratical?) objects in our collection at HMNS. One thing I can say with certainty is that a pirate in a jam would be lucky to find himself roaming through our halls. We […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
September 18, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – The Religious Question: Texas Colonization, Mexico and Church, 1770-1836 by Brian Stauffer Religious dynamics played a part in shaping the fortunes of Texas starting in her days as the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Mexico’s rupture with Spain in 1821 raised new questions about the place of the powerful Catholic Church in […]

Add Some Medieval Math To Your Next Science Night!
September 14, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

By Jayme Schlimper, HMNS Outreach Presenter With school finally back in session, it’s time to start thinking about all the ways we can make learning all the important things as painless as possible. If you’re anything like me, math is not your favorite subject. It’s confusing at times and difficult to imagine all those numbers […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
September 11, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

BTS – HOP – The Reign of Mammals: Giants of the Pleistocene Because the Morian Hall of Paleontology is too large to tour in one evening, we are debuting a new series that will cover the hall section by section. Led by HMNS staff trainer, James Washington, each tour will include a hands-on fossil experience. […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

Jen · September 26, 2017, 12:43 am

Hello - have loved reading all the messages here! My girls and I brought a Colorado katydid inside from our front porch since the temp has really dropped. Tomorrow we're going to transfer her from her temporary home to a critter carrier. However, she is very jumpy now that she has warmed up! How is everyone transferring or cleaning cages without the katydid jumping away? Also, she laid some eggs on the under side of a stick in her temporary home. Do we simply place the stick in the carrier leaning against the side wall as it is? Or should we lay it on the soil bottom?

Alexa Cutts · September 22, 2017, 11:03 pm

Awesome, thank you for getting back to me! So what would you recommend is the best way to keep the habitat moist enough?

Erin M. · September 22, 2017, 3:24 pm

Hi Alexa! You don't need to move the eggs anywhere else, just as long as the habitat doesn't get too dry. I'm not sure how many eggs she will lay, it varies from species to species and by individual, also since she is in captivity, that may affect how many she lays. Only time will tell!

Alexa Cutts · September 21, 2017, 8:20 pm

Hello, We found a katydid a couple months ago and she recently laid eggs. I counted about 45 eggs and they are all attached the lid of her cage. Do they need to be moved somewhere else? And how many more do you think she will lay?

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

Alice Marty · September 14, 2017, 1:09 pm

What great information. Now I can tell the Christians from the lions so to speak. Thank you so much!

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

mil · September 13, 2017, 3:06 pm

Hello, I just was searching for an answer to how to handle very small moths ... they always loose quite a bit of scales just by getting picked up. Guess I need the right paper and tweeters and a steady hand. But I just wanted to say - in regard that you can't spray them with something - You can and it keeps pests away! I use artists fixing spray, so it does not cover the wings but get absorbed. It's the kind of spray Artists use for charcoal drawings - so that the drawing/wing keeps its texture and colour but does not loose particles. And it smells seemingly bad to pests ;) ... also I think it's a light-protection! (by the way - how do I spread the wings of beetles without damaging the beetle?) anyway - I looked up this article a few years ago and it helped alot, so thank you!

Egyptian Duck Hunting: A Real Fling

HuntingExpert · September 12, 2017, 1:56 pm

Wow, I have hunted with a crossbow, but have never heard about boomerang duck hunting. I cannot even imagine how it works =)

Invasion of the bulbuls: Houston team studies new invasive species

Alex Morales · September 12, 2017, 8:58 am

I have seen quite a lot of these amazing little birds in my neighborhood in EaDo. Last year there was a pair roosting nightly on one of my carambola trees. I have seen at least more than a dozen pair flying around.

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

Linda Newton · September 2, 2017, 6:28 pm

Box Elder bugs found on our milkweed & mating.... NE Oklahoma area

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Mariah · August 29, 2017, 2:48 pm

Hello, I am concerned about the body. the butterfly (moth) i have just died and it has a rather large body, I dont want it to rot or mold how do i make sure it dries. is it the foam that allows it to dry. I really want to do it with this one.

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