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Mayan Monday To Forensics Friday And Everything In Between: This Week’s Happenings At HMNS
September 17, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Behind The Scenes Tour of the Cockrell Butterfly Center Plus Greenhouses HMNS entomologists and horticulturists will take you behind the scenes of the containment room and rooftop greenhouses–areas not open to the public–where staff cares for the Museum’s caterpillars, butterflies, other insects, food plants for the butterflies. In addition to the behind-the-scenes zones, you will […]

Astronaut Shannon Walker Talks About Becomming A Space Explorer And Sheds Some Light On The Future Of Women In Space
September 14, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

This fall, in collaboration with Houston Museum of Natural Science, Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is offering Women in Space, a course (open to the general public) highlighting women who have played pivotal roles in the U.S. space program as astronauts, engineers, flight controllers, researchers and mentors for the next generation of space […]

What The Loss Of The Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro’s Collections Means To The World
September 12, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  The evening of Sunday, September 2, 2018 marked the loss of one of the world’s largest natural history collections. A fire destroyed the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, and with the building, a collection of roughly 20 million artifacts, specimens and books went up in smoke. This is a devastating loss to the […]

From Murder Monday to Fossil Friday, Here’s This Week’s Happenings At HMNS
September 10, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Jack the Ripper: Patterns and Confusion by D. Kim Rossmo Jack the Ripper of Victorian London, perhaps the most infamous serial killers in history, has fascinated experts and amateurs for 130 years. His identity, however, remains a mystery. Expert in Criminology and pioneer of cutting-edge geographic profiling techniques, Dr. Kim Rossmo will use […]

Ancient Egyptian Fashion: So Understated We Had To Dig To Find It
September 7, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Although Egyptian civilization is one of the oldest in the world, they manage to influence our modern society in many ways. One of those ways is fashion. Ever since the original Egyptian craze a century ago, Egyptian fashion has influenced modern designers on an off. The key to the timelessness of ancient Egyptian fashion is […]

Plaid Is Not Just A Fad And Here Are A Few Historical Reason Why
September 5, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

It’s fashion week, and who is better qualified to discuss fashion than a science writer, right? But seriously, as an Anthropology major I have always found fashion to be an interesting topic to study. For thousands of years we humans have used fashion to express ourselves. Whether we are trying to say “I’m a totally […]

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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 […]

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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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Katydid!…Did she?

Emma · August 31, 2018, 6:31 pm

So my angel wing katydid layed about 20 eggs on a stick in her jar but I don't know what to do with them. How do I take care of my katydid's eggs?

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Katydid!…Did she?

Cheryl · August 29, 2018, 1:19 pm

Hi Erin, II was so thrilled to come across your information and am amazed at how long this thread has been running. What a blessing you are to all those you have helped. I wanted to ask about the brownish colored oozing that a Katydid will emit. I have found several on my patio over these last few weeks. One day they are clinging to the house and the next day I find them on the ground. I live in New Mexico. At first I thought they were dead but as I picked them up, they would move their legs. Yesterday I found one in this same position, with brownish/red oozing and placed it in a large flower pot. I noticed it's abdomen undulating/contracting quite a bit and was curious as to whether it was laying eggs or dying. It has been over 24hrs and it is still contracting its abdomen. Based on the info on your site, I believe she is a female. In one of your posts, you mentioned a parasite. Could this possibly be what I am witnessing now? Thank you for any information you may have.

Erin M · August 27, 2018, 2:04 pm

Hello Emma, So, the only way to tell if the katydid is pregnant is it if starts laying eggs! So, you will know if you start weeing little beige things that sort of resemble seeds, in her enclosure. You can try giving her any leaves you find from plants around your house, odds are that she was feeding on some of them. Just be sure to try to keep them fresh and replace them often or when they dry out. You can also feed her romaine lettuce and other fruits or veggies like apple or squash. The reason katydids eyes turn black at night is that they are active at night and this change in pigment allows them to let in any light that may be available. It's sort of like when our pupils dilate in the dark, making our eyes appear more black.. Hope that makes sense!

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

JKC · August 27, 2018, 8:19 am

I discovered your site by chance. All I can say is WOW. In another life I would study Biology (dropped Sciences in high school in favour of Arts) . I have since developed an unstoppable love for plants and insects especially bees and a fascination for Moths or they for me as they seem to follow me around, coming to my balcony plantings and even on vacation in various parts of the world there is always one. It’s how I discovered the « Black Witch » . It was hanging around my door in Exuma. From the research I learned what it was. Then I came upon the Atlas and your site. Thank you. I hope some day I can visit the Museum. Best JKC

Katydid!…Did she?

Emma · August 26, 2018, 10:29 pm

How do you tell if a katydid is pregnant? My cat found a katydid and injured it's wing so I decided to keep it till it's healed. I found out it's a girl and was just wondering so I could keep an eye out if she's pregnant. Also what is the healthiest plant for her to eat? Okay, last question, why do their eyes turn black during the night and green during the day?

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

William R Horlacher · August 26, 2018, 5:15 pm

I know I've only recently stumbled upon your videos on how to pin a butterfly because my son and I have only begun to attempt to enjoy nature together. In your video you said there was an alternate way to get specimens that we could work with as opposed to catching and killing them which is always been an issue for me I never mind it when we found them dead but the samples were always a bit tattered so if there is way or somewhere you can direct me I would be greatly appreciative. Thank you very much for your time William Horlacher 36 Hanover Square Middlesex New Jersey 088846

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

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