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Fill in the Blanks with Curator of Anthropology Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout
May 27, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Whether you need a quick explainer on a key turning point in the history of the Mayan civilization, the New Orleans Saints’ past playoff woes or the subtleties between seasons of “The Simpsons”, there is no person better equipped at the Houston Museum of Natural Science than Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout. He speaks five languages, […]

Two at Home Projects for Kids with Sensory Sensitivities
May 21, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

If you’re at home with a kiddo who has sensory sensitivities, it can be difficult to find new things to do. Here are a few activities that we’ve found to be helpful for students who we’ve met at HMNS! If your kiddo also loves to visit HMNS, but isn’t able to at the moment, we […]

The Collections Team on the Road to Reopening
May 15, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

During the time HMNS has been closed, constant attention is given to ensure that collections and buildings are safe and secure and that all systems are functioning as they should. Assigned staff has been making routine checks, paying close attention to collections in special storage. While another portion of the staff has been working throughout […]

Edible Archaeology: Excavate a Chocolate Chip Cookie
May 13, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Archaeologists keep careful records, as do all scientists. One important way to keep track of their work is by mapping where each artifact is discovered before it is carefully removed.  First, gather your materials: • Chocolate chip cookies with lots of chips • Toothpicks  • Paper towel or plate to work on • Cookie grid […]

Flying but Fleeting | Migratory Birdwatching in Texas
May 8, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Due to our southern location and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston and the surrounding bay area are hot spots for seasonal bird migration. We are home to a lot of avid, eager birdwatchers anxiously awaiting to check off their “life list.” Houston sits along the Central Flyway and Mississippi Flyway, which means we […]

An Entomologist’s Take on the “Murder Hornet”
May 7, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Have you heard or seen the term “murder hornet” recently? Of course you have. You cannot get online or turn on a television without the phrase practically screamed at your face. Poorly-worded media reports have generated a large amount of viral and nonsensical hooplah online, and I am here to help set the record straight […]

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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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Butterfly Pinning How To

Lauren Buckhammer · May 29, 2020, 6:07 pm

Awesome article! Could I ask you can you mount the butterfly in different phases of flight/wings poised more etc? Do you use a spreading board? Do u add syrofoam to the sides of the board to change the looks?

Look What I Found! Exotic insects in the Houston area

Brett Hondow · May 29, 2020, 2:25 pm

I found this page (albeit 11 years later) as I was trying to identify this very beetle I found in Houston, TX. I mistook it for a large American cockroach for starters until I saw it moved differently. There were two of them and they were about to mate right there on the wall where I work overnight. Hours later I spotted my beetle again climbing about 10 ft up the wall, where it promptly fell to the ground. I scooped it up for a photo shoot but have not yet had time. I was looking to see what they ate so I could feed it, then discovered it likes any insects it can catch. Kind of not an option for the poor beetle at this time. I'll keep it overnight, shoot photos in the morning and release it afterwards.

Plant Sale for Butterfly Lovers this Saturday, April 4 at HMNS!

MARK YOUNG · May 6, 2020, 5:07 am

Can you send me pictures of your pipevines - specifically the ones in baskets? I'm growing trilobata now and I'm convinced it prefers to cascade over the sides rather than climb. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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