Caterpillar Lab

The Caterpillar Lab Residency is FREE with your Museum admission.

The Caterpillar Lab Residency is FREE with your Museum admission.

May 30, 2022| Categories: Education, Observing

June 16 – 20!

Join us as The Caterpillar Lab sets up not just an exhibit, but a functioning caterpillar rearing, researching, photographing, filming and educating facility in our classroom. Each day during the residency, you will be able to visit the lab-in-residence, see live caterpillar displays, take part in innovative programing and witness how The Caterpillar Lab cares for and works with these amazing, surprising creatures.

Think you know what’s lurking in your own backyard? Think again! See many dozens of species showcased in open-air displays, including enormous giant silk moth caterpillars, fierce-looking snake-mimicking caterpillars, convincing twig-mimicking caterpillars and bizarre legless slug caterpillars. Witness rare moments of metamorphosis, ecological relationships and parasitism play out first-hand, both at the display tables and under The Caterpillar Lab’s digital microscopes, or chat with one of the experts always on hand to enrich your experience.

The Caterpillar Lab’s in-residence exhibit is a casual drop-in experience. Stay for ten minutes or five hours. Photograph the caterpillars, discuss gardening for insects, observe countless species, open up cocoons with The Caterpillar Lab staff or just hold a really HUGE caterpillar—choose your own caterpillar adventure. There is something for everyone from young children to seasoned naturalists and professional biologists – if you are wondering if this exhibit is appropriate for you, the answer is YES!

We expect to bring 30-50 native species, including several species of giant silk moths, a handful of sphinx moths, geometrid (twig-mimicking) moths, several tussock moths and tiger moths, several catocala species (bark mimics), a few butterfly caterpillars (several species of swallowtail and fritillary), and a few slug moth caterpillars.

The Caterpillar Lab is a natural science education nonprofit organization based in Marlborough, NH. Since 2013, TCL educators have toured New England communities with live caterpillar educational outreach programs, working to inspire deeper appreciation and care for the natural world. With their range of backgrounds (from the arts, sciences, and education), The Caterpillar Lab staff offer an exploration of New England’s natural history like no other.

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