Caterpillar Lab: Up-close encounters with incredible insects this June at the Discovery Museum

Baystateparent Magazine
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The Caterpillar Lab, a live caterpillar exhibition presented by naturalist Sam Jaffe, will return to the Discovery Museum in Acton from Tuesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 20 (the Museum is closed on Mondays).

The exhibition features a huge variety of strange, beautiful, and sometimes grotesque local caterpillars, up-close and in all phases of their life cycles, curated and explained by Jaffe and other educators from the Lab. The exhibit will allow visitors to explore the caterpillar world in more depth, see amazing examples of strange and surprising adaptations, witness the varying stages metamorphosis in real time, and better appreciate the complex ecosystems that exist right in our own back yards. Jaffe’s breathtaking photography serves as both a backdrop for the space and as a point of reference.

A visitor-favorite experience, this is the eighth time that Jaffe’s lab has been in residence at the museum. Jaffe, a naturalist, photographer, and educator, founded The Caterpillar Lab in New Hampshire in 2013. The Lab uses live, native New England caterpillars to educate and create an appreciation for the incredible natural value of their backyards, neighborhoods, and green spaces. 

The Discovery Museum is operating under COVID protocols: advanced reservations are required to visit and masks are required to be worn in the museum by all visitors aged 2 and up. Find more information here.