Stories in the ‘Insects’ Category

Penny, The Mighty Insect Hunter

Posted by in Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News


 Hello everyone, Penny here, and I am on a mission. As many cats are, I am a mighty bug hunter.  In the past, I have been happy hunting crickets or flies, but now I have something bigger in mind. Right next door to the Swap Shop (where I live), a new building is being built.  […]

Insects are Crawling Our Way – Insectarium in Spring 2014

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Births and Arrivals,Insects,New Exhibits and Renovations


Currently underway at the Houston Zoo is construction on an exhibit premiering Memorial Day Weekend, 2014!  With help from architects of The Portico Group based in Seattle, we intend to create an exciting new adventure for kids of all ages.    We have recently broken ground on our newest attraction which will be a dual exhibit […]

Thank You Spider, for Killing the Bugs That Bug Us

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Going Green,Insects


Poor spiders! They seem to be at or near the top of most folks’ list of creepy crawly icky things that they don’t want anywhere near them. They usually make the sides of pest control vans too, even though they’re practically the opposite of a pest. Spiders never infest your food supplies, but they eat […]

Pollinators get you Points!

Posted by in Events,Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

This weekend, Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24, the Houston Zoo will be celebrating Pollinators Day.  There will be booths, keeper chats and activities for the kids. The Naturally Wild Swap Shop will join in the fun.  Any nature journal on pollinators or pollination will get double points!  Topics can include (but are not […]

Whats New in the Swap Shop?

Posted by in Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Meet Edward Scissorhands, our Tailless Whip Scorpion.  He now lives in the Swap Shop full time!  Edward is not a true scorpion, but is in the Arachnid family and is a variety found in Africa.  He is harmless to humans but, if you are a cricket or worm, it’s a whole different story.  Tailless Whip […]

Go Native… With Solitary Bees!

Posted by in Conservation News,Insects

They can be big, small, fuzzy, shiny, stripy, crazy metallic green or blue – and there are almost 4,500 types of them in the United States.  I’m talking native bees and you can learn all about them if you drop by the Houston Zoo this weekend for the Spotlight on Species: Pollinators event! Solitary bees […]

Bug Out! Attract the Good Guys to Your Garden

Posted by in Insects,Pollinators

Have you ever wanted to help wildlife but weren’t sure how to do it?  Would you like to start your very own conservation project in your own backyard?  The Houston Zoo is hosting a Spotlight on Species: Pollinators event the last weekend of June, and just in time…. because pollinating insects need your help!  Pollinator […]

Top 10 Reasons to Love Pollinators

Posted by in Conservation News,Insects,Pollinators

Why do we have an annual Pollinator Awareness Day at the Houston Zoo, you ask?  Because pollinators RULE!  Here are 10 reasons why: 10.  Fruit! Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, mango, peaches, cherries, apples, kiwi, oranges… well, you get the idea (the list goes on and on). 9.  Veggies! Squash, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, artichokes, bell peppers, […]

Venomous Spiders in Texas

Posted by in Insects

George the Brown Recluse

Spiders are an incredibly diverse and fascinating group of animals.  As with other venomous creatures, many people tend to be overly concerned about them.  Only two of the 900 species in Texas are truly dangerous and both of them are quite shy and retiring.  Bites do occur but they are rare and usually the result […]

More than Just 8 Legs – Spiders 101

Posted by in Insects

Jumping spider

Maybe you think they’re creepy crawly or maybe you think they’re fascinating creatures. Regardless of which, spiders live with us, though not often apparent. It can help us appreciate them and be less afraid if we know more about them. And if there are ones to have a healthy respect for, educating ourselves on which […]

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