The Mad Hatterpillar, Nature in Wonderland - Kidsfest

The Mad Hatterpillar, Nature in Wonderland - Kidsfest

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Kate Sheppard House

83 Clyde Road

Christchurch, Canterbury 8041

New Zealand

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Dr Simon Pollard delves into the world of weird and wonderful bugs in this family-friendly talk during Kidsfest 2022.

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Simon will entertain and educate as he tells us all about the Mad Hatterpillar, or Uraba lugens, an Australian caterpillar that has made itself at home here in Aotearoa New Zealand. As she sheds her skin, she collects her old heads and wears them as hats! Simon will tell us why, and share many more interesting facts and photos about other bugs, such as Fred the Thread (the thinnest caterpillar in the world) that the young and young at heart will love.

Dr Simon Pollard, Adjunct Professor of Science Communication at University of Canterbury, is a spider biologist and award winning writer and photographer.

This talk is suitable for ages 5 and up.

Price: $5

Bookings recommended, door sales may be available if not sold out prior.

If you want to explore the Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House visitor experience before or after the talk, admission charges will apply (booking recommended).

Covid-19 Protection Framework update

Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House is now open under the traffic light system.

To visit us, please sanitise, wear a mask and follow our requirements for the traffic light setting on the day, which you can find here:

Please stay home if you are unwell, waiting for a Covid-19 test result, self-isolating or a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19.


Limited parking is available on the street, please allow extra time for parking during university term time. Try the University of Canterbury's pay and display Clyde carpark on Arts Road (5 minute walk), or take bus 100 or 120, which both have stops outside on Clyde Road. Please contact us prior to booking if you require accessible parking.

Title Photo: Betty AN, Flickr

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