The Caterpillar Lab

Back by popular demand! Join us August 19-27 (with a break on Monday, August 23) when perennial favorite, The Caterpillar Lab, sets up its functioning caterpillar rearing, researching, photographing, filming, and educating facility in our hallways. No two days of this residency are alike! Come experience live caterpillar displays and witness how The Lab cares for and works with these amazing, surprising creatures.

The Caterpillar Lab is known for its over-the-top, up-close native caterpillar exploration experiences. Think you know what’s lurking in your own backyard? Come test your knowledge! Meet many dozens of species showcased in open-air displays, including enormous giant silk moth caterpillars, fierce-looking snake-mimicking caterpillars, convincing twig-like caterpillars, and bizarre legless slug caterpillars. Catch rare moments of metamorphosis, see ecological relationships and parasitism play out first-hand at display tables and under digital microscopes, and chat with one of The Lab’s experts to learn even more.

The Caterpillar Lab’s in-residence exhibit is a casual drop-in experience. If you’re wondering if this exhibit is for you, the answer is YES! There’s something for everyone, from the mildly curious to young children, from seasoned naturalists to professional biologists. Though this exhibit is free with admission, guests will be asked to sign up in advance for timed entry into the exhibit space.

The Caterpillar Walk

with Sam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab
Saturday, August 21; Sunday, August 22; Tuesday, August 24; Thursday, August 26 from 4 – 5 p.m.

The Caterpillar Lab is moving in, and while the exhibit is filled with munching critters offering lots to explore, the real story is the one happening outdoors. In our many gardens (as well as your own backyard), these creatures are living out their strange lives in the wild. Join The Caterpillar Lab Director, Sam Jaffe, on an exploration of the Gardens in search of native caterpillars and other insects. Learn how The Lab finds its caterpillars, all about host plants and parasitoids, and discover caterpillar-finding secrets from one of the world’s foremost caterpillar hunters!
This walk is appropriate for naturalists, gardeners, and explorers of all ages. It may not, however, be appropriate for more casually interested younger children.