See Colorful Butterflies at the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers plenty to do including exploring the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
It's a favorite of locals and visitors alike and is home to hundreds of free-flying butterflies that flutter from flower to flower, and at times, they even land on guests' shoulders.
The center also features a three-story glass structure with a stunning fifty-foot waterfall, and butterfly species include:
Found in the rainforests of Central and South America, owl butterflies are named for the eyespots on the underside of their lower wing which resemble the large starring eye of an owl. In the wild, they're most active at dusk and dawn, and their diet consists of rotted fruit.
Blue Morpho Butterfly
With a wingspan of five to eight inches, blue morphos are one of the largest butterflies on the globe. The microscopic scales on the back of their wings reflect light, and males' wings are broader than those of females. These butterflies call the tropical rainforests Latin America home, and their entire lifespan is 115 days.
Julia butterflies are raised at the museum and have a slow, fluttering flight. Orange in color, they feed on pollen, and their unique diet helps them live longer than most other butterfly species.
Spotted in South Texas and throughout South America, blue wave butterflies are named for the iridescent blue band across their upper wings. They are also known as blue-banded purplewings, and they feed on fermenting fruit as opposed to drinking nectar.
The Cockrell Butterfly Center also features creatures such as hissing cockroaches, atlas moths, and giant long-legged katydids.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is just one of the cultural attractions near Alexan Enclave Apartments. If you would like to call our community home, please contact our leasing agents to arrange a tour.