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Help us thank the birds and bees (and bats, moths and flies!) during National Pollinator Week
June 14, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

For the next several paragraphs, we’ll be talking about a few very special flying creatures (and some others) that are called pollinators — to whom we owe huge thanks for providing much of the food we eat!  Without these pollinators to carry their pollen from flower to flower, plants could not form fruits or seeds […]

Buzz or flutter: Who matters when it comes to pollination? (Hint: It’s everybody.)
February 28, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

In economic terms, bees far outstrip butterflies and moths as pollinators. However, there are some plants that are exclusively pollinated by butterflies — especially some wildflowers and garden ornamentals — and several night-blooming species are specifically pollinated by hawkmoths. Butterflies and moths are members of the insect order “Lepidoptera” — the scaly-winged insects. In addition […]

Cockrell Butterfly Center Fall Plant Sale Oct. 8!
September 21, 2011 · 2 Comments

This time of year, gardening can make you feel as hot as Priscilla Queen of the Desert!  With water restrictions and heat advisories, who wants to get into that mess? The drought and high temperatures have also caused butterflies to suffer, leaving their numbers well below normal for the season. In addition to the gardens […]

Great Swarms of Bees!
October 4, 2010 · 1 Comment

As many of you know, we have an observation honeybee hive in the Butterfly Center. It was initially installed in the Rainforest Conservatory by a professional beekeeper during the recent renovation of the Entomology Hall – and you can learn more about beekeeping in several exhibits there. If you haven’t seen our hive, make sure […]



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