Fresh Sheet – September 16, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   When you enter the butterfly house this week, you might notice some changes to your environment. The Tropical Butterfly House has been closed all week long for horticulture and facilities improvements. The plants are freshly pruned and some have...

Nemo’s Birthday Greetings

PacSci Perspectives   Our naked mole rat colony has many fans. Most of them love the whole colony equally but a few have favorite individuals. Recently, one correspondent sent a charming birthday note to Nemo, a mole rat that she has observed over time via our webcam....

Fresh Sheet – September 9, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   Recently, Living Exhibits Manager Sarah Moore shared this insight with her staff: “I have made a delightful observation about Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing). This butterfly seems to be the one species that likes to nectar at (and...

You Can Be A Citizen Scientist In Our Tropical Butterfly House

PacSci Perspectives   Cit-i-zen Sci-ence: (noun) the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. Even though the Living Exhibits Department...

Fresh Sheet – September 2, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   This week we received an extra shipment of pupae from Suriname. Pupae originally headed for the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences cannot be delivered due to complications from Hurricane Harvey. Rather than strand...

Stick Insect Environmental Alert

  Do you have a pet stick insect, or a colony of them that you have been caring for? Even if you have just one bug, you could end up with more of them than you know what to do with. These insects reproduce by parthenogenesis, which means the female can self-fertilize...
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