PacSci Perspectives

So, Why Do Some Animals Change?

by | Mar 25, 2019

So, Why Do Some Animals Change?

The New York Times has published a story about new research into a subject near and dear to fans of Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House: metamorphosis.

Scientists have known about metamorphosis for a long time — caterpillars turn into butterflies, tadpoles into frogs, and so on. But they don’t know how it all started. This new research indicates it may be related to getting access to more food.

If you’d like to see metamorphosis in action, stop by Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House and check our emerging window. That’s where our newest arrivals are on display as they change from caterpillars to the fascinating winged creatures we adore. And as you approach the entrance, stop by our newest exhibit, Our Plentiful Planet that focuses on something common to all living things: reproduction.

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