Butterfly Blog

In Honor of MassMu's 2016 NEA Big Read

In this stage, the tiny caterpillars can only wiggle and eat.  Growing larger and larger day by day, the entire butterfly life cycle spans only three weeks.  So, visit the blog often to ensure you don't miss any of the excitement!In recognition of the Massillon Museum's ninth-annual NEA Big Read, celebrating Julia Alvarez's novel, "In the Time of the Butterflies," we are providing an opportunity for the community to witness the magical transformation from caterpillar to butterfly!  10 tiny caterpillars were delivered to the Museum on March 24 in two little cups, and over the course of the next several weeks, we will observe their life cycle and share developments here on our Butterfly Blog. 

The Mirabal Sisters--Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria--on whose lives Alvarez's book is based, were known by the code name Las Mariposas, or "The Butterflies."  To honor the sisters' memory and celebrate their transformation from ordinary girls to heroines who gave their lives for the freedom of others, we will watch these caterpillars grow and change, morphing from larvae, to chrysalides, to beautiful, winged creatures we will release and set free.  

On Day 5 at the Massillon Museum, the 10 caterpillars spend their days eating and crawling around their little cups, waiting to become chrysalides.  In the next few days, we will see them climb to the top of the cups, and suspend themselves in "J" shapes while they wait for their skin to harden.

Visit the Butterfly Blog daily for updates, or stop by in person to meet the newest MassMu members, and watch them transform inside the Museum Shop!

Tags: butterfly, In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez, caterpillar, Big Read, NEA Big Read, las mariposas, Mirabal Sisters
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