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August 16, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

As we near the end of summer, we begin to look forward to the new school year! For some of us, the school year begins a bit early, and for others, it starts the very last Monday of August.   If you are looking for an end of summer celebration or a fun activity to […]

How to Make a Hot Glue Caterpillar
August 15, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

                    It seems a strange mix, but hot glue is a wonderful medium to work into a caterpillar design.      Materials:                   –  Hot glue gun                 –  Wax paper                 –  Colored glue sticks                 –  Scissors (optional)     **Note: I use a fine tip glue gun.  You can […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
August 14, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Wing It! GET TICKETS Every Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m., Memorial Day through August   Come fly away into the world of butterflies this summer at the Cockrell Butterfly Center with Wing it! Introduce yourself to your favorite flutterers and watch the release of 100 to 200 new, greenhouse-raised butterflies into the enclosure. Get schooled on […]

August 10, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

It’s Throwback Thursday and today we are going all the way back to 2009 to discuss a scientific fail. Galileo Galilei is famous for his astronomical observations and discoveries, but he could have been famous for one more thing! He was technically the first astronomer to observe Neptune while studying Jupiter’s moons in 1612 and […]

How long could YOU Survive in the CBC??
August 9, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

      Imagine a strange post-apocalyptic scenario in which you somehow became trapped in the Cockrell Butterfly Center alone, with no food or provisions. Pretty weird thing to imagine right? Well, it could happen! Many people come to the CBC to watch the graceful butterflies flit through the trees, but don’t actually realize that it is […]

Sky Happenings: This Month’s Eclipse And Much, Much More!
August 8, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  Total Solar Eclipse   The New Moon of Monday, August 21 casts its shadow onto the Earth, causing a total solar eclipse!  And this time, the Moon casts its shadow across the USA, allowing Americans to join in the experience much more easily than in recent memory.  (The last total eclipse visible form the contiguous […]

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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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Look What I Found! Exotic insects in the Houston area

Leigh · August 15, 2017, 9:32 am

Well, this answer is six years late in coming, but if the stinger is 3/4ths of its body, you probably saw some kind of vinegaroon, like a whip scorpion. They have no venom glands but can spray vinegar or other acids. Overall they are not dangerous.

Critical Mass: Hiroshima Bomb and Nazi Uranium, a New Story of WWII Being Told This Week

Hildergarde Hammhocker · August 14, 2017, 7:54 am

No that certainly is NOT all.....the story is even stranger than presented here......imagine ..the BRITISH,,ahh yes, the perdifious British actually declared war on Japan BEFORE the USA did, this was because the British ..well the story is out there so go research. As to the USA bomb.....it was a UNEQUAL number os US researchers and scientists and there were actually MORE British scientists AND science involved that actual USA ones. Notice I dont use the the word AMERICAN..because America has many counties and another overlooked fact is that the USA had a timeline agenda to go to war with the British - again - as they wanted hegemony and only the British - aka The Royal Navy - stood in their way..DON'T believe me? Go do some limited research and you will find out - you probably WONT admit it, but if you are willing to research you will certainly find it. One LAST tiny , small,litle gem. Up until the very LAST 6 months of ww2 the British had, IN ALL theartres of conflict. In the air, at sea and on the ground - this includes the Pacific - more assets in actual combat against ANY of th e enemy than did the USA....................invasion of Italy for instance, 60% of forces were BRITISH..battle for North Africa, with the Germans on the run from the British, the USA ians FINALLY came in and at Kasserine pass got severely beaten up by the out of juice already defeated Germans..D Day? More British landed than USA ian 's. No I am NOT trying to make out anything - just need you to have some balanced thought fefore you EVER make a stupid remark.

Get dirty doing real paleontology during Fossil Wash Day in Sugar Land

Katherine Moore · August 12, 2017, 4:18 pm

I am interested in participating in the Fossil Wash - do I need to register, or just show up? What should I bring?

HMNS Weekly Happenings

Janie · August 10, 2017, 11:49 pm

Where will the observatory telescopes be available until 2 AM? Will it be at the museum in Houston or the George Observatory in Needville? Thanks. Where do I buy tickets?

Beach Bugs!

Ray Simpson · August 8, 2017, 11:22 am

The sea flea that every one talks about are called Sandy Loppers.I have seen millions of them.One of our local beaches near Berwick-upon-Tweed named the "Sandy Beds" One evening I climbed down onto this beach,the sand was alive with them they feed on dead sea weed that has been buried by Winter Storms also dead things that get washed up.They don't attack humans. They are small shrimp like with two black eyes on the side of their heads and can swim very fast in water.

How Long Do Butterflies Live? New Data From The Butterfly Center Gives Us Some Answers

Kathryn Hokamp · August 7, 2017, 4:38 pm

You can send the photos to khokamp@hmns.org! Thanks for participating in our study!

Hawaii—a geology nerd’s wonderland

Jane Ambrose · August 7, 2017, 8:32 am

My son has to do a geology project for school, so I'm helping him do research on the rocks found in Hawaii and how they form. I had no idea that because the level that makes up the islands is basaltic, they are full of magnesium and iron. Hawaii seems like a unique place with a lot of really great features and history to it. I'll be sure to use this information to teach my son more about these islands! Thank you for the information.

How Long Do Butterflies Live? New Data From The Butterfly Center Gives Us Some Answers

Shelley Porter · August 6, 2017, 7:57 pm

I have three numbered butterflies we spotted on 8/5. # 141, 144 and 138. Not sure who to send photos to.

Building an exhibit-The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story

Kaleb · August 5, 2017, 9:07 pm

Was this just a one-time exhibit? I got to see it but would love an opportunity to see something like this again

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

Bryeana Grooms · August 1, 2017, 10:37 pm

Hi. I'm wanting to study paleontology at a good college. I live in Houston, Texas, and I don't know which college I should go to for this career. I have always been wanting to study paleontology for as long as I can remember. Do you have any good suggestions for college? I would really, really appreciate it if you could give a few suggestions. -Bryeana

Beach Bugs!

Erin M. · July 31, 2017, 1:52 pm

Hard to say! Most likely it was not chiggers, you don't feel those biting you. The saltmarsh mosquitoes in Galveston are really bad and their bites sting! That would probably be my best guess!

Scott · July 30, 2017, 2:11 pm

Trying to figure out what get the heck bit us up last night at Crystal Beach in Galveston we were laying in the sand at night around 11 o'clock had no problem but then all the sudden we started being bit by something have bites all over my back that look like mosquito bites or chigger bites it was so bad we had to leave can't figure out what it was any idea

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Zoë Schmidt · July 27, 2017, 6:21 pm

Hi there! I just finished watching the youtube series on butterfly taxidermy, it was wonderful! I was hoping to contact the entomogly dept. at HMNS in hopes of taking a few deceased specimens off their hands. I tried multiple combinations of the website (verbally) provided, but to no avail! Unless of course, I have now arrived at the right website! There are mostly moths in my residential area, but I would love to be able to hand preserve something more exotic. If specimens are unavailable through HMNS, would anyone happen to know of any good butterfly friendly locations where it is LEGAL to take deceased specimens off site? Thanks!

La Malinche: The Spanish Doña Who Was A Maya Slave Who Was An Aztec Princess

Laurie · July 20, 2017, 11:13 am

Malinche seems to be popular right now. The Houston Symphony and Chorus, within the last few months, just premiered a wonderful "Conquest Requiem" by Gabriela Lena Frank - all about Cortes, Malinche, and their son, Martin and the conquest. Check it out. I've also heard noises about someone writing an opera based on her story.

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