Butterfly Garden

Yellow and purple flowers with a wooden bird house and a black sign reading Rentschler Hall.
Dark pink flowers
 Multiple purple flowers
 Rock with the wording Butterfly Garden est. 2014
Multiple pink flowers
multiple yellow flowers and the Rentschler hall sign in the background

The butterfly garden was established in 2014, by the ECO club (Environmentally Conscious Organization), SGA (Student Government Association) and the Conservatory. In 2015, The Conservatory took over the long term care of the garden. The main function of the garden is to create an aesthetically pleasing space to host Ohio native butterflies. Host plants are where adult butterflies can lay their eggs. These plants are typically specific to each butterfly species, but not always. For example the native monarch butterfly (Danuas plexippus) can lay eggs on several native milkweed species in the genus Asclepias. Plants such as Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), and spicebush (Lindera benzoin) also host native butterflies. Once eggs hatch, the larvae eat the foliage of the larval host plant as a food source. After a few weeks of foliar feeding butterfly larvae morph into a pupal stage. Once the pupal stage is complete, adults emerge. Pupal cycles last two weeks or until the following spring. Adult butterflies require nectar plants. Nectar plants provide food for the adult butterflies in the form of a sugary liquid produced in the flower. Nectar plants include native coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum). All of these plants can be found in the Hamilton campus butterfly garden.