Butterflies Complete Me

April 10, 2008


Well, hello everyone! My name is Laurie, and I am one of the Entomologists at the Cockrell Butterfly Center located in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

I hope everyone will enjoy this new blogging adventure we are starting here. There is so much stuff we want to share with you, so keep on checking back and hopefully you won’t be disappointed. 

A little bit about myself before we get started . . . I grew up in Spring, Texas just north of Houston and was always that little kid that wanted to play outside.  My older sister was totally into nature, so of course that rubbed off on me.  I don’t really remember loving bugs, but they never really bothered me, except the cockroaches.  I am no longer afraid of cockroaches, but we will touch back on that subject at a later date! 

I went to college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  I graduated in May of 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  College was so much fun and I was very fortunate to work for a few professors who were Entomologists, which is when I started to absolutely love bugs! 

I got a job at the Museum in May of 2004 by a stroke of good luck.  One of my college professors knew Nancy and had heard that the Butterfly Center was hiring.  I knew the moment I walked in this place that this was the place for me.  Where else would I have been able to work and play at the same time?

My first few weeks working here were such an experience.  I was thrown right into the world of exotic butterflies, which I knew very little about, but was so intrigued.  I never thought I would be the one people track down to ask “What is that new butterfly?” or “Why is this butterfly doing that?” 

Another highlight of my job is our outreach program called “Bugs on Wheels” (BOW) that Erin and I run.  We take some of our favorite bugs to schools and teach kids all about them.  It’s amazing to see the smiles and wonder on these kid’s faces when they actually get to touch a bug!  Erin and I are both going to keep you posted about our crazy BOW life.

Creative Commons License photo credit: kevin.j

The world of butterflies is always exciting and every day here is a new adventure.  I will be blogging more about the newest, weirdest, funniest, and most popular butterflies here at the Butterfly Center very soon.

Please stick with us as we blog away about the goings on and happenings here at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. From bug babies to fun events, we will always keep you on the edge of your seat!  Check back soon because we can’t wait to write about our recent trip to a Butterfly Farm in Costa Rica! 

Authored By Laurie Pierrel

As an entomologist at the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Laurie’s main duties are receiving and processing exotic butterfly pupae, releasing adult butterflies into the conservatory, and sharing her love and knowledge of insects with school children through a program called “Bugs on Wheels.”

One response to “Butterflies Complete Me”

  1. BB says:

    Oh my gosh. Laurie. Don’t move. there is something on your head. Can’t wait to see the new Cockrell Buttery Center. I hear it is amazing!!! see you there!

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