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Our Spring Plant Sale Sprouts This Saturday, April 1st!
March 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

By Theresa Freiburger, Cockrell Butterfly Center Horticulturalist and Greenhouse Manager     It’s that time of year again! The Cockrell Butterfly Center is having its annual SPRING PLANT SALE on April 1, 2017 at 9am. As usual, it will be located on the 7th floor of the parking garage at the Houston Museum of Natural […]

A Staple for Butterfly Exhibits: The Rice Paper
July 31, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

One of the most distinctive and easily recognizable insects in the Cockrell Butterfly Center is the rice paper butterfly (Idea leuconoe), also known as the paper kite and the large tree nymph. All these common names allude to the rice paper’s characteristic slow, graceful, and sometimes floppy flight. These butterflies make great, showy additions to […]

HMNS greenhouse teaches how to plant a butterfly oasis in your back yard
April 16, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

They float on the wind, decorate your back yard in the spring and summer, and inspire warm emotions with their delicate wings. They seem carefree, at home in any meadow, but butterflies have more specific needs than we might imagine. As urban sprawl continues to grow, reducing green space and native plant growth, natural butterfly […]

Why no tropical milkweed at the Cockrell Butterfly Center plant sale this year?
March 21, 2015 · 5 Comments

We are sorry to disappoint monarch enthusiasts, but the Cockrell Butterfly Center has decided not to sell tropical milkweed (aka Mexican milkweed, Asclepias curassavica) any more. Instead, we will have a limited quantity of native milkweeds for sale. Recently, biologists studying monarchs have discovered that tropical milkweed may be a factor in the spread of […]


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