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Join us for the August 21 eclipse
June 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

The New Moon of Monday, August 21, 2017, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow onto the Earth. The umbral shadow, where the Moon completely blocks the Sun, passes across the center of the USA, causing a total solar eclipse on a path from central Oregon to Charleston, SC. […]

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June 26, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Film Screening – Penguins 3D with Diane Olsen Join Diane Olsen who cares for the penguins at Moody Gardens for a special evening viewing of “Penguins 3D” in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. A tour of “Faces from the Southern Ocean” will follow the film. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – 6:30 PM Members $12, Tickets […]

Are You “Down” To Talk About T. rex Feathers? Our Very Own Specimen Has Some Input To Give
June 23, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  The controversy about whether famous dinosaurs had feathers has been raging for a while now. We’ve known that some dinosaurs had feathers ever since Archaeopteryx was discovered in 1861, but more recent discoveries of the presence of feather-like structures on larger dinosaurs ( like Lane the Triceratops here at HMNS) that are more distantly related to […]

Huehueteotl: The Old Fire God Of The Aztec
June 22, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

A perfect example of a fascinating object that most visitors to HMNS don’t see, this ceramic figure of Huehueteotl is of Classic Veracruz origin. The Classic Veracruz Culture existed from roughly 100-1000 AD and is largely unknown to the general public because it is overshadowed by contemporaneous cultures like that of Teotihuacan and  later the […]

Stromatolites: Little Bacteria, Big Impact
June 21, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  People come from all over the world to see our Morian Hall of Paleontology, but  most of them are so excited to see the dinosaurs that they pass right by the fossils at the entrance to the hall. Those amorphous blocks, seemingly insignificant, are our collection of stromatolites. Stromatolites are columnar structures created by […]

Ancient Egyptian Gold At HMNS!
June 20, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

The crazy thing about our Hall of Ancient Egypt is that every object has an amazing story behind it and there’s just so much to see that it’s easy to overlook some pretty fascinating pieces. Part of the mission of the Beyond Bones blog is to bring the little things to the big public. Here, […]

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phyllisbohner · June 28, 2017, 10:20 am


Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Erin M. · June 27, 2017, 11:29 am

HI Bobbie! Yes, they can cause your dog and cat to get sick, if eaten or chewed on!

Behind the Scenes: Retablos Fit for an Icon

Janie · June 25, 2017, 11:25 am

Hello, do you all sale the matachin naguilla you have in the 7th picture, if so for how much? Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you

Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Bobbie · June 22, 2017, 6:27 pm

Can animals get sick by having these around the house outside my dog and cat have been throwing up and I have found quite a few of them and kill them thank you

Aztec Crime And Punishment: Results Of The International Conference For The Codex Xolotl

Mary de Stefano · June 22, 2017, 4:51 am

Wow, this was a really interesting email. I do so love the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It is always the high point of my visits with my son, Stefano de Stefano, when I am in Houston to help care for 4.5 year old grandson, Luca. Luca loves the dinosaurs, the various movies in the planetarium, and more recently he really appreciated the Gladiators. We are currently in Italy where we just toured the Egyptian Museum in Torino and he found the hieroglyphs fascinating. He has watched the chronograph for prolonged periods and if it is no longer there when we return we will both be very sad.

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Pat weiman · June 19, 2017, 1:46 pm

I viewed your videos and your directions are clear and easy to follow. I thought this process was much more complicated, so thank you. In your video you mentioned that your department has frozen butterflies that can be purchased and I would love to have information on how to buy butterflies for mounting.

Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Bonnie Towles · June 15, 2017, 1:05 pm

Erin: Sorry to keep questioning you but I would appreciate knowing: 1. What is the average age of LGH's? Is if different for males vs. females? Does that change if they are caged? 2. How soon after mating does the female lay eggs? 3. How many eggs does the female lay? 4. Is there a way to treat the soil where the eggs were laid to keep them from hatching, or should the soil be dug up and discarded? 5. Does mating always result in eggs being layed by the female? 4. How soon after laying eggs does the female die? 5. How long after mating does the male die? 6. Do males and females that have not mated live longer or shorter lives? 7. Do males mate more than one female if females are available? 8. Can/will a male mate with a female that has already mated with another male? If so, how does that effect the timing of her egg laying and the number of eggs? 9. Can you provide links to any indepth informatioin about LGH's? Thank you for any help / information you can provide.

Bonnie Towles · June 11, 2017, 1:08 am

Erin ...thank you for your response. Since those few early, traumatic deaths, there have been no others like that... so it's very mystifying. Hopefully I won't need to euthanize any via freezing, but it is good to know that a relatively humane method exists. .Since Jun 9th or so they have been mating very actively. So far, I've observed only one attempting to create a cavity in which to lay eggs. I've found only three dead mature grasshoppers. All were very large and, apparently, female. Thankfully, I have witnessed no prolonged deaths like the ones I described in my earlier email. All of the original 350+ or so caged grasshoppers have completed their transformation to their mature form, but I recently found 3 grasshoppers in my yard that were still in the nymph stage . I was surprised at their appearance this late in the season. Other foods that they appear to like: potatoes (cooked or raw), tomatoes, watermelon rind, cucumbers Foods they don't like: cabbage, iceburg lettuce. I am trying to design a cage for use next year that would make cleaning the cage easier, and allow for easy access. They appear to like sun and hang on the sides of the cage (screens) or the various branches I provide. Does the museum provide any plans/suggestions for a cage design?

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

Pat Kerrigan · June 8, 2017, 7:01 am

We could not figure out why our caterpillars were disappearing. We have lost them all. What a great article. I only wish I had read it sooner and perhaps saved a caterpillar or two We are wondering if we could have one or two protected bushes and when we see a caterpillar move it to the protected bush.

Wait a second. Why did dinosaurs have tails?

Smile R. · June 7, 2017, 8:30 pm


Giant, Creepy And Ancient: Our Ground-Shaking New Addition To The Hall Of Paleontology

Eric · June 5, 2017, 7:12 pm

Beautiful! Can't wait to see it in person. Thanks for the article!

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Diana · June 3, 2017, 2:34 am

Where do you get a shadow box?

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

Virginia Camerlo · June 1, 2017, 7:38 am

I LOVE this blog and go to it time and time again for reference! Sadly, the vespid wasps have been very active predators in our school garden this spring. It's great to be able to explain to our students why the caterpillars are present one day and gone the next...THANK YOU!

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