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HMNS’ Dino Dash Virtual 5k Gives You The Extra Motivation You Need To Stay Active!
May 25, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Who wants to run a 5k? Me neither! Let’s face it, many of us dream of running in such a mini marathon, but between our busy schedules and our fear of how we will perform, we just can’t muster up the courage to sign up. However, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is changing all […]

Why Not Both: The Story Of A Gynandromorph
May 23, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

In 2013 a unique aberration made its appearance at the Cockrell Butterfly Center.  A Great Southern White (Ascia monuste) butterfly emerged from its chrysalis with a perfect bilateral split down the center of its body. One side of the butterfly was male, the other was female. Since the Great Southern White is a sexually dimorphic […]

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May 21, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Venomous Bites and Stings – Public Perceptions and Misconceptions by Spencer Greene   There’s plenty of misinformation about both prevention and relief from bites and stings. Dr. Spencer Greene will break down some common myths about dealing with critter attacks–jellyfish, bees, snakes, asps, ants, scorpions are all culprits of myths.   Spencer Greene, […]

Discovering Texas With Monsters And Teens
May 18, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  In the modern age of planes, trains and automobiles the world can seem like it’s getting smaller every minute. But what I think is actually happening is that this new world of travel options simply causes us to overlook the quirky little corners of our own cities and states and as a result we […]

Lou The Corpse Flower : Why He Smells So Bad And Why We Should Be Excited When He Blooms
May 16, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  By Jeff Cummins, Horticulturist at the Cockrell Butterfly Center in the Houston Museum of Natural Science     The Cockrell Butterfly Center was graced (?) a couple of weeks ago by a very special event. One of our corpse flowers, Lou, bloomed for the very first time! Lou is an Amorphophallus peaeoniifolius, a smaller species […]

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May 14, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester Revered “New York Times” bestselling author Simon Winchester will trace the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement–precision–in a history that is both an homage and a warning for […]

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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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Sky Happenings In May, 2018

Cameron Waggett · May 24, 2018, 4:58 pm

Great blog post James!

Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Erin M. · May 24, 2018, 12:06 pm

Hello Carley! You can figure out the sex by looking at the end of the abdomen. The end of the male's abdomen will be sort of closed up and appear somewhat pointed at the end. the female has a short ovipositor protruding from the end, so it looks more open. It's kind of hard to explain, perhaps you could google "lubber grasshopper anatomy" to see photos. Females also tend to be bigger and stockier. My best advice, to keep them healthy, is to fed them a wide variety of green plants and not just lettuce. You can also try giving them cat food or cat treats and they actually really like cheerios! Also, it should be quite safe for her to handle the grasshopper, we do it all the time! If there are any concerns, just have her wash her hands right afterwards.

Carley Flowers · May 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

Just caught a smaller lubber this evening and my daughter really wants to keep it as a pet. I've found this forum extremely informative n am now comfortable allowing her to do this as long as she doesn't touch it just observes it from the outside of the tank. We do although want to know how we can figure out the sex of the insect, can anyone advise me on this subject please? Also are there any additional advise that anyone can offer on the whole keeping this as a pet situation...very much appreciated. ~Namaste~✌

Being Natural: Michelle Connor

Jill Bradford · May 17, 2018, 2:35 pm

Do you offer private classes for Girl Scout Troops? I am the leader of a troop of 12 girls and they would love to earn the Junior Detective Badge. If so, how much would it cost per girl?

Educator How-To: Be your own knight in shining armor with homemade chain maille

Jennifer Smith · May 15, 2018, 8:30 am

Done quite a bit of chain maille work. For jewelry. If I was to make a hauberk out of maille I would use 1” rings as it would take too long with smaller. This of course would render it completely useless.

For all the future Entomologists out there…

Vivian · May 14, 2018, 5:25 pm

Hi! I am currently an oncoming sophomore in Entomology at Texas A&M. It is a little bit early but I do not know when or how to start the process of finding internships or explore the career paths in the entomology field. I noticed you are also an Aggie so that is why I would like to know how you utilize the school's resources to explore the Entomology careers. Thanks and gigem for the help in advance!

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Samantha · May 11, 2018, 4:57 pm

Hii I’m just starting to breed butterfly’s and like to pin them when they die. For the relaxing room you say you have to use Listerine to prevent mold. I’m from the Netherlands and when I search listerine I found mouthwash is that correct? Thanks for the information

Wait Just A Minute! Let’s Take A Second To Talk About the Origin Of Time Keeping.

Chris · May 10, 2018, 3:48 pm

Thank you for Commenting Brianne! Trains did indeed have a huge effect of the way we understand time and the way we set our clocks, but they are not actually the reason why clocks were invented. Mechanical clocks have existed since the Middle Ages and water clocks that measure time using changes in water level have an even longer history, going all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. In the eighteenth century more accurate clocks, capable to staying accurate within a few seconds, were developed to help mariners find their location at sea. Finally, when train travel became common, people discovered that if they traveled across the country, their clocks would not match the local time at their destination. This is why time zones were established. Your comment was totally accurate, it's just that it wasn't clocks that were invented, but time zones.

Brianne · May 10, 2018, 10:51 am

Hello! Loved this article. I was recently at a museum in my home town where they also talked about time keeping. Watches and clocks were invented with the invention of the train! How fascinating is that :) I just love it. The reason was because people would schedule times to meet when they got off the train, and kept finding that they would end up being an hour late or an hour early. Before trains, people didn't know that different areas of the US had different time zones, and therefore they invented the clock!

Not your average flower: Learn how to care for orchids at the Houston Orchid Society’s Annual Show & Sale this weekend

Chris · May 7, 2018, 3:41 pm

Depending on species it can vary a lot, but on average Oncidiums prefer to stay fairly moist and Cattleyas like to dry out between waterings. If they’re outside and potted I’d say about twice a week for the Oncidiums and once a week for the Cattleyas. I like to add some fertilizer (half of whatever the recommended dose on the package is) at every other watering while the plants are actively growing. If they’re mounted on wood they would need to be watered pretty much every day. Hope this helps!

A Sneak Peak At Our Upcoming Members Spring Sip and Shop Event!

sue p · May 6, 2018, 4:40 am

Reminds me of the huge flowers I saw and made as a kid along the San Antonio river ... hint hint not too long after the World's Fair had left town :)

Jumping spiders – cute, fuzzy, and friendly

Eric · May 5, 2018, 11:46 pm

We have one that we call Steve who lives in our house. We just let him roam and take care of any insects that he can find (and try to keep him from going down the drain). I imagine Steve is actually multiple Steve's, so that is what we call them now.

The Greenhouses of the Cockrell Butterfly Center

Chris · May 4, 2018, 11:49 am

Hi Crissy Unfortunately the Greenhouses are not open to the public.

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

Deanna M Hennigar · May 4, 2018, 7:12 am

We think we've found a crinoid calyx at an estate sale in Houston. Owner not alive - family thought it was a petrified nut -- a few rock hounds and a palentologist from Texas AM said our calyx was an extremely rare, extremely old and of substancial value, and that we should call a muesume. We are going to the natual history muesume today -- hopefully one of the palentologist are there. Deanna and Mike

Giant African Millipedes are back!

Robert Szymanski · May 3, 2018, 6:18 pm

Hi! I used to buy Giant African Millipedes back in the 1990's... Since then, the pet store in Eureka California couldn't get them...this was in 2008... I wonder how much does it cost for the proper paperwork permits to own a few.?

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