Caterpillar – Caterpillars on view at Acton’s Discovery Museum
ACTON — Sometimes, it’s important to go out on a limb.
That’s especially true for caterpillars, as they crawl their way to their favorite plants for dinner — often with intricate movements of their bodies, and legion of tiny feet.
To ensure traction, some even employ Velcro-like substances in order to maintain a good grip.
The fact is, being a caterpillar takes a lot of energy, even if time appears to move literally at a crawl.
Getting a leg up, or many
Humans can learn more about caterpillars as they are preparing for their eventual adult lives as graceful butterflies and moths, at The Caterpillar Lab exhibit at Discovery Museum.
Photographer and nature educator Sam Jaffe’s The Caterpillar Lab is based in New Hampshire, and has featured several times at the museum as a regular favorite.
The Caterpillar Lab enlists live, native New England caterpillars to educate the public about caterpillars, their behaviors, habitats and the diversity of area butterfly and moth species.
Among the visitors on June 11 was Shan Li of Maynard, and her son, Aiden, 3.
“I think it’s pretty cool, and so cute,” said Li.
The exhibit is the perfect place to truly see caterpillars, up close and personal. Li said, “You never get to find a caterpillar outside. It’s so hard.”
If you go
The Caterpillar Lab exhibit is on view at Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton, through June 20.
Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
$15.50 adults, $14.50 seniors 60 and up, $15.50 children. Free under age 1, and to teachers. 25% discount for members.
Advance tickets, masks and social distancing required. More details are available online.
Call 978-264-4200 or visit discoverymuseum.org.
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