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Sip and Shop for Museum Members on November 2
October 18, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

It’s about that time of year again, the time where you begin scrambling all over town searching for THE perfect holiday gifts. Don’t fret, let HMNS help you out this year on gift hunting. We invite Members to join us for an evening of drinks, crafts and of course, shopping on November 2 at 6 […]

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October 16, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – The Archives War – The True Story of Moving the Capital of Texas from Houston to Austin by The Archives War was a seminal moment in the history of Texas–and our city Houston. The Archives War helped settle the debate on where the capital of Texas would be, and very few know about […]

Sea Stars: Unstoppable Killers Of The Ocean?
October 12, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Most people call them starfish, a more accurate name to call them would be sea stars, but personally I prefer to call them terrifying reminders of my own mortality. My own personal prejudices aside, the reason “starfish” isn’t an accurate term is because they aren’t fish. They’re echinoderms, a group of marine animals that existed […]

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October 10, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

   Film Screening & Tour – Incredible Predators with David Temple Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 6:30 PM Ticket Selection – The Houston Museum of Natural Science Film Screening & Tour – Incredible Predators with David Temple       “Incredible Predators” deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look […]

The Night Sky In October, 2017
October 6, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

   Celestial Happenings This Month     Autumn represents sort of an ‘intermission’ in the sky, with bright summer stars setting at dusk, while bright winter patterns such as Orion have not yet risen.   The ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius sets in the southwest early in the evening.  The Summer Triangle is high in the west.   […]

The Inspiring Story Of World’s Creepiest Parrot: The Kea
October 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

It’s October, time to take our yearly dose of fright around the campfire and let out all our heathenish mischief before we have to act like angels during the holidays, right? Yes, we need October. But honestly it’s not because we’re all evil. The fact is that scaring the whits out of our friends and […]

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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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Sea Stars: Unstoppable Killers Of The Ocean?

Terry Martinez Esquibel · October 17, 2017, 11:25 am

This was a little bit yucky, but very interesting! My family sat together to read this article and watch the time lapse video of the worms and sea stars feeding and we were all mesmerized! Thank you HMNS for bringing this to us!

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

Sebastian · October 16, 2017, 2:13 am

Hello, Great write up and awesome photos! Actually, I am currently working a project on Atlas Moth and I would like to obtain your permission to use your photos (with proper accreditation) for my project. Please contact me at my email provided! Look forward to hearing from you! Thank you!

The Inspiring Story Of World’s Creepiest Parrot: The Kea

Sophy Ashworth · October 12, 2017, 6:31 am

Great post Chris! I backpacked in NZ after college. We were warned to keep our tents totally sealed at night just in case kea came in. Allegedly if you opened your eyes at night when the moon was full, the light would reflect in your pupils and the kea would peck out your eyeballs... that never happened but I think I’d have been even more careful if I’d known about the sheep!

Jumping spiders – cute, fuzzy, and friendly

RYAN · October 5, 2017, 4:35 am

I hate spiders but found one on a boat yesterday he looked very cool. it looked like it had a sad face and eyebrows it was white and furry I would move and it would move to look at me I made sure no one killed him and i took him on the boat back out side.

Gladiator Fashion: How To Spot Your Favorite Fighter

Chris · October 2, 2017, 2:13 pm

Gladiators will not return in the near future, however we have another traveling exhibition, Knights, organized by the Contemporanea Progetti in collaboration with the Museo Stibbert in Florence, the same people who gave us Gladiators. It's going to be a pretty epic exhibition.

Horace C Sutterer · September 30, 2017, 12:30 pm

Will the "Gladiators" exhibition return to HMNS?

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Fernanda · September 28, 2017, 9:31 pm

Hi, my husband found a butterfly on a friend's windshield, it was still alive but had a broken wing, my daughter and I kept it alive for about 2 weeks and we found online that it was a male monarch, after it passed away I decided to keep it so we can remember what we did for it. I tried the relaxing method it did worked, but I left the butterfly in the relaxing container for 5 days when I had the time to check the butterfly had mold, my question is, did the mold happened because I use listerine without alcohol? Or because I left it for too long?, anyways I used alcohol with a cotton swab like you said in one of the comments. Thank you for your blog. Hopefully my questions and your answers helps others as others helped me.

Hummingbirds of the Night

Gloria · September 27, 2017, 8:08 pm

After the first startle of shiny red eyes peering back in the flashlight beam - I now look forward to the last dog walk of the night in hopes these will be visiting the cleomes inviting blooms. I never knew what I was missing in the night time flower garden!

Katydid!…Did she?

Jen · September 27, 2017, 1:07 am

Also, she laid some eggs in the air holes at the top of her new critter carrier. I don't want to hurt them, but it seems I should gently knock them into a cup for incubation? There are several sticks propped up in there...I hope she doesn't keep laying eggs in the air vents! Since the baby katydids will be super tiny, we should incubate them in a cup with seran wrap on top with tiny air holes?

Alexa Cutts · September 26, 2017, 7:40 pm

Great, thanks so much Erin!

Erin M. · September 26, 2017, 8:34 am

You can just mist the substrate a few times a week to make sure it doesn't get completely dry. That should ensure that the habitat maintains some humidity.

Jen · September 26, 2017, 12:43 am

Hello - have loved reading all the messages here! My girls and I brought a Colorado katydid inside from our front porch since the temp has really dropped. Tomorrow we're going to transfer her from her temporary home to a critter carrier. However, she is very jumpy now that she has warmed up! How is everyone transferring or cleaning cages without the katydid jumping away? Also, she laid some eggs on the under side of a stick in her temporary home. Do we simply place the stick in the carrier leaning against the side wall as it is? Or should we lay it on the soil bottom?

Alexa Cutts · September 22, 2017, 11:03 pm

Awesome, thank you for getting back to me! So what would you recommend is the best way to keep the habitat moist enough?

Erin M. · September 22, 2017, 3:24 pm

Hi Alexa! You don't need to move the eggs anywhere else, just as long as the habitat doesn't get too dry. I'm not sure how many eggs she will lay, it varies from species to species and by individual, also since she is in captivity, that may affect how many she lays. Only time will tell!

Alexa Cutts · September 21, 2017, 8:20 pm

Hello, We found a katydid a couple months ago and she recently laid eggs. I counted about 45 eggs and they are all attached the lid of her cage. Do they need to be moved somewhere else? And how many more do you think she will lay?

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