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Giant, Creepy And Ancient: Our Ground-Shaking New Addition To The Hall Of Paleontology
May 26, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

          As if things weren’t exciting enough with the addition of our new giant eurypterid, installation has begun on an even bigger, and possibly creepier specimen. The above image shows our new giant crinoid specimen getting set up in time for Memorial Day. So what is a crinoid? Although personally they look to me […]

Great News For Fans Of Sea Scorpions: We Have A New One And It’s Giant!
May 25, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

    Who wants to see a seven foot long scorpion? Given the option, most people would respond either with”that’s impossible!” or “no!”, but here at HMNS seven foot arthropods are not only possible, they’re something to get excited about! Unfortunately, although our new specimen is an arthropod, and is about five feet long, it […]

5 Of The Most Magical Objects At The Museum
May 24, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Listicles are always fun to read, and they’re fun to make too! In keeping with our “5 of the most…” Series I’ve decided to write up a list of the most magical objects in our collection. But there’s a problem…. magic is kind of a vague term. I mean, are we talking about turning a […]

My Favorite Part About Camp!
May 23, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Some of the Education staff started their careers at HMNS as campers in Xplorations Summer Camps; some of us started as part-time camp teachers in the summer; others started as Summer camp interns. A few of us have been here long enough that our own children, nieces and nephews are now too old for camp. […]

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May 22, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Roman Legionnaires – The Soldiers of the Roman Empire by John Keahey Each item of armor, weaponry and equipment of the typical Roman legionary soldier from 1 to 300 A.D. will be explained by historian John Keahey, while in character. The Roman auxiliary soldier, who was recruited from non-Roman tribe and could earn […]

Pharaonic Fitness Test!
May 19, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  The image above shows a carved granite slab on display in our Hall of Ancient Egypt. It depicts Rameses II running a symbolic race during one of his Heb-Sed festivals. He carries a water jug over his shoulder possibly representing the burden of his rule. But what is all this for? Some readers of this […]

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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 […]

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

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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Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Erin M. · May 24, 2017, 9:02 am

Hi Bonnie, I'm so sorry to hear this. It sounds like, other than the mysterious deaths, these grasshoppers are living a great life! The only thing that I can think of that would cause deaths like that is something poisonous to them, such as pesticide. Do you have any neighbors that might have treated their yard and perhaps it got onto your plants? In any case, probably the best way to euthanize them to stop their suffering is to put them in the freezer. That is the method that we use here when we have to. Good luck!

Invasion of the bulbuls: Houston team studies new invasive species

Nina Garcia · May 20, 2017, 8:24 pm

I just saw these birds only two by the Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant in the Houston Heights and I was like I had not seen them before and I looked in my Audubon Bird App to see what it was and I couldn't find the bird on the app so I gave a description of the bird on Google till some good results popped up and I found the bird's name and some pictures of it, So I basically saw a new bird I had never seen before.

Jesse sifuentes · May 20, 2017, 5:41 pm

Bulbul sighting. In the AM. At Smither park. In a mulberry tree. Last spring . Also last week

Our Spring Plant Sale Sprouts This Saturday, April 1st!

Joel Bates · May 19, 2017, 3:38 pm

Brazilian pipevine is fairly invasive. The tuber-based vine is popping up throughout a 30 square foot area where I planted my HMNS purchased pipevine. Be careful about where you place it. To date, no Swallowtail have sampled it. I'm in The Woodlands.

Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Bonnie Towles · May 19, 2017, 4:11 am

As a humane way to reduce the number of returning ELG's in my garden (this year there have been nearly 400), I've captured and contained them in a large, screened enclosure with a dirt bottom. I feed them daily leaves from at least 4 or 5 different plants from my garden (they prefer Crinium & Cast Iron plant leaves but also eat leaves from my Air Potato Plants, Alamandras (incl. The flowers) Avocado & Banana Trees, Bidens Alba/Shepherd's Needles, Caladiums, Cordylines, Crepe Myrtles, Fica Benjamina, Four O'Clocks. Golden Pothos Vine, Peace Lily, Plumeria & Purslane. I also offer them 3 or 4 different vegetables each day– usually carrotts, lettuce and yellow squash, sometimes supplemented with beets, brussel sprouts, green beans, and/or zucchini. I provide them with small pieces of melon two or three days a week. They don't seem to like apples. I try to remove their waste (always a lot of it!) each day and anything left uneaten / wilted. I also remove any sheded carcuses. I planned to allow them to live out their lives and if any eggs are deposited (I witnessed at least three matings so far) in the ground at the bottom of their cage, dig up the eggs and dispose of them. Next year I am hoping only a few nymphs will appear and I can treat them more as pets. I enjoy watching the ELGs but am losing about 2 or 3 a day, which concerns me. Most are one or two months old & have finished molting; but two have been younger nymphs. Most of the dead I have found simply lying in the cage, sometimes on their sides, but more usually with their legs tucked under them. What is disturbing is that I've now found at least three … all in their mature stage, in the process of dying and their struggle is long lasting and very hard to watch. They mostly lie on their sides and kick both their forward and back legs Several have taken two or more days to die, struggling nearly the entire time. I don't use pesticides on my plants or near their cage and relatively few have died each week compared to the total number, so I'm at a loss to understand why they are dying, and why their deaths are so prolonged and, seemingly painful. I presume if the variety of food I'm feeding them was causing the deaths, that more would have died. None of them are older than 45-60 days so their deaths would not seem to be from old age. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions re: what might be causing these deaths and how, for those that struggle, I can end their lives humanely. I can't bring myself to drown or step on them. Is there a chemical that would kill them quickly and humanely? I can send a video to show their death struggle if that would be helpful in helping to determine what is going on …

Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Youssef Fouad · May 17, 2017, 3:34 pm

Is there any substances used in food like this that I should be concerned about?

Go seek: Take a photo scavenger hunt through our new Hall of Ancient Egypt

Dayna · May 12, 2017, 9:43 am

We would love to do this too! Can you please send the scavenger hints to me as well?

Hummingbirds of the Night

Jennifer Kase · May 7, 2017, 11:26 pm

I have a number of these huge moths in my blooming desert willows, they share these particular trees in early dark hours with the humming birds that hatched recently on my back porch. Its the most action Ive ever heard in one tree at night. Its something to see! The blooms make the most curious sound in the first couple hours after dusk...literally sounds like a bowl of rice crispies lol. As the trees are filling my front yard, along walkway to front door, when the moths are busy buzzing about, its quite intimidating to try and make it safely past them. I dont think they have anywhere near the sense of direction my birds do because quite often they'll dive bomb us when we try an get inside. I had a visitor actually call from their car too afraid of the unknown flyers. Lol...was great learning more about my new guests.

Ruth bristow · May 7, 2017, 10:01 am

We have had a humming bird diving at fluorescent light two nights in a row.he could not seem to leave it.

Educator How-To: Mimicking weather with convection currents

italian food · May 6, 2017, 2:43 am

An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I discovered it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your site.

The Butterfly Center beat: Everything you ever wanted to know about raising Atlas moths

Robert Piekiel · May 5, 2017, 11:15 am

I know this is late in coming, but here in the US you need to get a permit (P526) from the USDA. Go to their website and create an account. You need to physically go to a local field office with government ID to verify yourself before an agent, then complete the process online to get a "level 2" account. Once you have this, apply for the permit and fill out all the forms. It takes about 2-3 months to get approved. The permit will come with very specific terms, and you must file a 6-month follow-up report of all your activities as long as you have the permit. I get my cocoons from the Denver Colorado office of the London Pupae exchange service.

Being Natural: James Washington

Skylar Weldon · May 4, 2017, 8:36 pm

I am really, really fond of James. I've become really interested in life history the past few years. About a year ago, I attended an all-day class by him and loved it. He is so knowledgeable and I have so many questions. Recently, I seen he was giving a talk on sex in the fossil record and I made it a point to go. I wish I could talk to him for a whole day and ask him all my questions. Lol

Insect Insight: Grecian Shoemaker

Bryce Owen · May 2, 2017, 1:26 pm

Thanks alot you helped me with a big time research paper!

Being Natural: Michelle Connor

Patrice F. Gay · April 30, 2017, 8:54 am

Our son is signed up for Indian Lore on May 13th. Can you tell us what requirements need to be finished/started outside of class?


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