What’s on the other side of the emerging chrysalis wall at @cockrellbutterflycenter? A TINY LITTLE CHRYSALIS ROOM! Did a super awesome tour today and got to see more about how much work goes into running the butterfly center. Spoiler alert: IT’S A LOT. In case I haven’t mentioned it, volunteering here is the best. #museumselfieday#volunteer @hmns
🦋🦋🦋 Imagine being a cute little pudgy caterpillar, living your best life but knowing that there’s more to life. Then binging on all of your favorite foods, healthy and unhealthy. Then, I guess realizing that “yes, you are living your best life BUT you can do better” so you decide to change your ways and take the longest nap of your life. And boom, you wake up. You’re flying. You’re colorful. You’re soaring. You accomplished more than you could have ever imagined. Yes, you were great before... you weren’t doing much but you were living. Now, after concentration and commitment, ...
Butterfly overload! (And one moth!) Some of these species are still hard for me to ID, so hopefully I get this right.... 1. Leopard Lacewing, Cethosia cyane. 2. Julia Longwing, Dryas Iulia. 3. Heliconius Numata. 4. Atlas Moth, Attacus Atlas. 5. Red Postman, Heliconius Erato. 6. Heliconius Ismenius. 7. Mexican Longwing, Heliconius Hortense. 8. Red Peacock, Anartia Amathea. 9. Owl Butterfly. 10. Tiger Longwing, Heliconius Hecale. Annnnnnd a partridge in a pear treeeeee! 😂 #allthebutterflies#butterflyoverload @cockrellbutterflycenter @hmns
Common Rose Swallowtail, Pachliopta Aristolochiae. No zoom y’all, I was really that close! 😱 I love to see Swallowtails in slow motion, they’re so graceful. And I also love the little red peacock photobomb 😂 @cockrellbutterflycenter @hmns #cockrellbutterflycenter#naturephotography
Best first day EVER! Started my training hours at @hmns today. First up was shadowing ( #seewhatididthere) a tour in Paleo & Egypt then training on the super fun touch carts located in each exhibit. Had some down time between, so of course I went to the @cockrellbutterflycenter. 🦋 It was nice and sunny so tons of butterflies were out and about. I met so many wonderful people today, it was great. Everyone has been so nice and I am so excited about volunteering here! It’s totally ok to just hang out at the museum daily, right? #askingforafriend ...
Orientation DONE! I’m officially “working” as a volunteer at @hmns! Today was awesome - we toured the whole building and got a feel for what we will be doing. My mentor is adorable and so dang sweet! For obvious reasons, my main focus is the @cockrellbutterflycenter, but I am excited to learn about other areas too. I’ll have lots more training in the coming weeks and months - I can’t wait ❤️ #hmns#cockrellbutterflycenter
So far, 2019 has me a little clammed-up, introspective and uninspired, so I thought this flashback pic from one of my better days last year might help me step it up! 🤞🏼🤞🏾🤞 . . . . . . . . #everydaysagreatdaytostartover#2019thoughts
People tease me all the time because I still have an iPhone 5S (and I’m hanging onto it for as long as I can!) But every once in a while “the little camera that could” shows me that it can still do great things. ☺️ ***** #moth#insects
The butterfly said to the sun, "They can't stop talking about my transformation. I can only do it once in my lifetime. If only they knew, they can do it at any time and in countless ways."~Dodinsky #butterfly#beautiful
Because it’s Monday and I have 1 bajillion errands to run today with the kids and 0% motivation to leave the house.....HERE’S A BUTTERFLY! This little one is a Rusty-tipped Page, Siproeta Epaphus. Photographed New Year’s Day at the @cockrellbutterflycenter. #cockrellbutterflycenter#hmns @hmns
An important message carried by the spirit of the butterfly is about the ability to go through important changes in life with grace and lightness. Butterflies are a symbol of transformation. #vsco#shotoniphonexs
Twinkle twinkle little butterfly..... This Rice Paper Butterfly, Idea Leuconoe, found a cute little spot to hang ⭐️ These guys have so many nicknames - they’re also sometimes called Large Tree Nymphs & Paper Kites! Photographed at the @cockrellbutterflycenter on New Year’s Day. #twinkletwinkle#nofilter @hmns
One of the many species I was finally able to properly photograph for the first time - a pretty little Malachite! (Siproeta Stelenes) Their undersides make them look almost transparent since they’re usually always sitting in front of green foliage. I love their bright green color 💚 #malachite#malachitebutterfly @cockrellbutterflycenter @hmns
Be still long enough and you will attract everything you've ever wanted! 🦋 I'm a sucker for butterfly gardens! When I was in Dubai a few years ago, the butterfly garden there was closed, I was so bummed out! In Costa Rica last year the butterflies just didn't like me. But yesterday, here in Houston at the @cockrellbutterflycenter I stood still, attracted good vibes and wore a bright blue sweater...and I met a new friend. 💛💙 He followed me around the whole day 🦋🦋 . . . . . . . #travelingram#passportready ...
So many active butterflies yesterday! I stood here for A WHILE just watching them swoop around. The rice paper butterflies in particular were zipping all over chasing each other and other varieties. Oh and the very beginning zoom in is on my favorite Swallowtail to spot when I’m here - the Emerald Swallowtail. (Papilio Palinurus) Maybe it’s because emeralds are my birthstone....or because they’re STUNNING! @cockrellbutterflycenter @hmns #cockrellbutterflycenter#hmns
“Butterfly Jack” . Happy New Year! 😊 First entry into a macro photography contest. Inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Tagging 3 people that might be interested. To enter use #natmacro2019 . #butterfly
Happy accident - I happened to bring my @lensball along today! It was a SUPER busy butterfly day at the @cockrellbutterflycenter. The bright sun had so many butterflies out and about. Probably the most active I’ve ever seen them. I definitely photographed more species today than I ever have before! #lensball#cockrellbutterflycenter @hmns
You know it’s going to be a good @hmns visit when you walk in from the parking garage and run into the one and only Charro! Can’t believe this guy will soon be 20! The kids have never seen him outside his pen, they loved it.🦎❤️ #hmns#welovecharro @cockrellbutterflycenter
Fun fact - being the first patient of 2019 at the minor ER does not win you any prizes. I asked. What it did get me was a diagnosis of pleurisy. Yup, apparently that’s still a thing. Also confirmed that my ribs are super strained/popped out of place on one side. In other words, it sucks to be me at the moment. Got a round of steroids, super strong cough meds, and a “go home and REST!” from the dr. Decided to go to the museum with Marshall and the kids for hours and hours instead, cause that’s how I ...
The Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston is an amazing place filled with butterflies and other critters. Sitting in the 5 story atrium watching the beautiful butterflies fluttering all around is so calming. It's a must see when you're in Houston and a great field trip option for home schooling moms. #houston#htown
Adventures at the @cockrellbutterflycenter continued! One of the most amazing creatures I’ve ever seen in person - the Atlas Moth. As we were walking, another patron pointed her out to me. She was hanging on this branch, partially hidden behind another branch. I snapped a couple pics, but mostly just stared at her for a bit. She was breathtaking! And I had to share the love and point her out to everyone who passed by while I was standing there 😂 I should just get a job there, right? Then I can hang out with butterflies all day! 😂😂 #crazybutterflylady ...
Spent today in the happiest place in Houston - @cockrellbutterflycenter! This Julia was in the middle of the path and almost found herself under the feet of some kiddos running past. 😬 Found her a pretty flower to nectar on, but she was reluctant to get off my hand. At this point, I think I just smell like a butterfly right? 😂 #crazybutterflylady#ilovebutterflies 📷 cred: @nookleerman
Amazing trip to the @cockrellbutterflycenter today! I’ve never seen the butterflies as active as they were today, it was awesome. We got to see the stunning Atlas Moth in person as well 😍 The family humored me TWO HOURS of wandering and photos. ❤️ More pics to come once we’re home. This might need to be a new Christmas Eve tradition! So so so glad we have a membership now. #cockrellbutterflycenter#allthebutterflies @nookleerman
Surprising the kids today and heading to the @cockrellbutterflycenter later today. Can’t wait! If anyone wants to get me the best gift ever, I need a family membership here STAT 😂 (They’re even on sale!) Or maybe not, because I’d want to be here every day! 😂🦋❤️ #cockrellbutterflycenter#christmaseve
Almost all of my top nine pictures of 2018 were taken at the @cockrellbutterflycenter at @hmns in Houston (the one exception is the baby turtle from Denton, TX). Leaving Houston, Texas and the Cockrell Butterfly Center is incredibly hard and I'm going to miss @ernmills1 @theresafrei @hairyandhairless and @jeffluckclub so so much! I am excited to move to Colorado though and I am so happy that @bugsologist agreed to come back to Houston and take back her old position! It's an exciting adventure but very bittersweet. . #hmns#cockrellbutterflycenter
Blue & Brown Clippers at the @cockrellbutterflycenter. According to their page, the blue form is native to Malaysia and the brown is native to the Philippines. Glad we got to see both forms, they are stunning! #blueclipper#blueformclipper
Who’s tired of posts about pneumonia?? 🙋♀️ Here are some butterflies instead. Working on transferring some files to my external drive and I came across these gems, taken at the @cockrellbutterflycenter earlier this year. First pic is one of my favorite tropical butterflies, the Cairns Birdwing. Not 100% certain the ID’s of the rest, only that they are all longwing butterflies. New Years resolution: Get well and go back there soon! #heaven#butterflyheaven
Never know what you will see, or who you will run into 😉 when out and about exploring new places. Macro fun at the Houston museum...more specifically the butterfly 🦋 center!! . . . #houston#houston_insta