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Seeing Stripes: The Zebra Longwing Butterfly
December 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

The zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia) is a common resident of the Cockrell Butterfly Center (CBC). This butterfly is easily recognizable with boldly striped yellow and black wings. When visiting the CBC, you’ll often spot them sipping nectar from the flowers and nectar feeders or sunning themselves with their wings spread open. These butterflies have some unique […]

Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions in the Cockrell Butterfly Center
August 14, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

The Cockrell Butterfly Center (CBC) strives to bring the natural world to within the public’s reach. Visitors enjoy tropical plants and exotic animals exhibited throughout the indoor rainforest, insect zoo, and practical entomology hall, and as they wander through the CBC, they’re sure to ask tons of questions! To keep you informed, we’ve compiled a list […]

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 […]

Plant Sale: This Saturday
September 28, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today’s post was written by Soni, horticulturalist for our Butterfly Center. She and the other employees are hard at word preparing for our upcoming Plant Sale on October 2. I’m sure not very many of you are thinking of rolling up your sleeves and heading into the blazing heat of summer to do a little […]



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