Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I'm very fond of butterfly conservatories -- and the Smithsonian has a new one, so on my way to the airport in Washington yesterday, after the Gartner IT Security Summit, I took a detour to visit the National Museum of Natural History, where my friend paleontologist Mike Brett-Surman (pictured with a butterly on his sleeve) showed me around the butterfly conservatory there.

(The night before, Mike and his wife, exhibit designer Kim Moeller, came out to visit me at the fabulous Gaylord National where we had a terrific Italian buffet dinner.)

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At June 04, 2008 8:06 PM , Blogger Larry Hodges said...

The Butterfly Conservatory is part of the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, correct? My dad, Dr. Ronald Hodges, was head of entomology there for many years, with Lepidoptera his speciality (though he focused on moths, not butterflies). He was one of the founders of the Insect Zoo. I worked as a volunteer at the Insect Zoo one summer when I was in High School. I wish I'd been there when you visited - I could have showed you around! When I was in middle school, I used to go straight from school to the Smithsonian for an hour every day, when my parents got off work; the Smithsonian was my "baby sitter" for a time. I knew it like the back of my hand. My mom, Elaine Hodges, was a scientific illustrator there. I had a pass so I could see all the behind the scenes exhibits.
-Larry Hodges, writing student of Rob's from Odyssey 2006


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