Welcome to stop #1, The Butterfly Garden
Our Environmental Learning Center campus boasts only native plants. Native means species that occur within state boundaries before European contact.
Native plants attract native wildlife.
Our butterfly garden was designed with special types of native plants in mind: host plants for caterpillars and nectar plants for butterflies. Both types of plants are necessary for a healthy butterfly garden.
You can spot some of the host plants by looking for nibbled leaves. Throughout the year different flowers bloom and attract different butterflies.
Painted signs identify some of our native
The Zebra Longwing is the
The Zebra Longwing is the only known butterfly to eat nectar and pollen, which is probably why they have a long lifespan of about six months, as compared to a more usual one month lifespan of other butterflies
One of the favorite nectar sources for the Zebra Longwing is the fire bush. You can find firebush in the butterfly garden and throughout ELC campus. Be on the look out!