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Where Can I Buy A Butterfly House

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Place your butterfly house in a sunny but sheltered spot so that it is protected from the wind. It should be around four to six feet above the ground and near nectar-rich flowers which will act as a good food source for visiting butterflies.

You can help to attract butterflies to your butterfly house by using non-toxic paint to decorate the box with brightly coloured flowers or by adding a layer of bark to the front to make it look a bit more like a tree.

We get many inquiries regarding what many people refer to as "butterfly houses." To many people in the industry a butterfly house refers to a living display of butterflies in a conservatory or atrium atmosphere that is open to public viewing. What people purchase for their gardens should be referred to as a "hibernating box." They are meant as places for certain species of butterflies to overwinter in. Call it whatever you feel comfortable with, but usually they do not work.

With the first warm winds of spring we all get the itch for our gardens and visits from our winged friends. Wanting to provide as much for our charges as we could, we buy what we feel is best for them. Now, if you have purchased a butterfly box do not give up. I always say that they are like chicken soup for a cold. They may not help, but they sure do not hurt. And if yours works, then you'll have bragging rights to the usefulness of your garden.

Not so. First, they would not be used until the Fall. Second, the butterflies that utilize them prefer the safety of the woods as opposed to the open garden setting. To make them more effective they should be placed in a woody section of your garden if it is possible. The host plants for the species preferring boxes should be planted nearby. Mourning Cloaks, Anglewings and Tortoiseshells will be most prone to use them. Elm, Willow, Nettles, Poplar, and my personal favorite Hops, are the favored host of your would-be tenants. Later, blooming nectar sources will also increase activity. Sedums and Asters are good choices, but your personal favorites will work also. By having the nectar source close by, they may be more likely to visit your butterfly house.

Many people have suggested painting the outside of the structure with purple and yellow flowers to attract attention. Once again it can't hurt. Another point of debate is the proper height. Some say 4-5 feet, others say higher, others lower. I say put it where you like it. During the winter, these hibernators can be found under logs on the ground, in the eaves of houses and state park signs, or in the grasses. They will overwinter at the any level where opportunities exist. As the cold winds of winter approach, there may not be much time for house hunting.

Should you buy a butterfly house? Yes! It would be better to build your own from the plans supplied by the Butterfly WebSite. Will it work? Probably not! But they look great and add to the charm of any garden. I have one. It is placed right in the sunniest part of my garden. It is at the wrong height and probably facing the wrong direction, and probably a lot of other wrong things involved. But who cares. It makes for great conversation!

A few decades ago, the butterfly box (also called a hibernation box) appeared. It was purported to provide butterflies with a place to hibernate. Since the tall, slim structures are attractive and are supposed to help butterflies, newspapers and garden and nature magazines were quick to promote this new innovation in backyard wildlife management.

The basic design of a butterfly box is quite simple. The box is usually about 2 feet tall and some 5 inches in diameter. It is equipped with a series of vertical slits that measure about a half-inch wide and 3 to 3 1/2 inches long. These long, narrow entrances are fashioned to allow butterflies to walk inside.

My experience with the butterfly box mirrors that of other folks across the country. As it turns out there are very few records of butterflies ever making their way inside butterfly boxes. Like me, others have found that butterfly boxes are more likely to attract cockroaches, wasps, spiders and ants.

A few years ago, the North American Butterfly Association asked its members if they had found that butterflies actually use butterfly houses. Not one member said they had. As a result, NABA came to the conclusion that butterflies don't use these structures.

The Entomology Department of Penn State University conducted a study to determine butterfly use of boxes from 1995-97. They monitored 40 boxes built by an Eagle Scout. The boxes were erected along a woodland trail known to be used by wintering butterflies.

At the end of the first winter after the boxes were up inspections revealed that spider silk was discovered in eight boxes. When the boxes were checked after they had been in place for two years the biologists found nothing in eight structures; however, 32 were used by an assortment of other critters. The abandoned nests of umbrella wasps were found in seven boxes; two contained dead stinkbugs; pupating gypsy moths were discovered in two boxes; a colony of ants had staked a claim to one box and three boxes harbored overwintering cluster flies; spider webs were found in 26 boxes, and a white-footed mouse's nest in another. None of the boxes had been used by a single butterfly.

The results of the study prompted Robert Snetsinger, one of the entomologists conducting the research, to write, "I have yet to see evidence to support the notion that butterflies actually need or use butterfly houses. My suggestion is, if you want to do something useful for butterflies, build them a mud puddle."

The reason that butterfly houses don't seem to work is simple: The vast majority of butterflies don't overwinter as adults. They spend winter as an egg, pupa or chrysalis. For example, out of the 170-plus species of butterflies known to occur in Georgia, only a handful survive the winter as adults. Depending on where you live in the Peach State, the short list of butterflies that overwinter as adults includes the American snout, mourning cloak, queen, comma, goatweed emperor, question mark, sleepy orange and both the American and painted lady, to name a few.

The bottom line is, go ahead and erect a butterfly nesting box if you want to; it won't do any harm. However, you should realize that while a box makes an attractive addition to any yard, it will not help butterflies.

If you are toying with the idea of adding a butterfly a box to your yard, since butterflies are still abundant, there is no better time than right now. If you do decide to take the plunge, consider conducting your own personal butterfly box use survey. Record a description of the habitat where the box is erected as well as the animals found using it. Then move the box to a different location the following year and see if placing it in a different habitat made any difference in the animals that used it.

We are very excited to announce that in 2021, the Butterfly House celebrated its 30th anniversary! Relax in our tropical garden and enjoy seeing hundreds of tropical butterflies, fluttering from flower to flower. If you are a butterfly and plant enthusiast, feel free to ask our staff questions. Our garden is our pride and joy! You will see staff mingling with guests and tending the plants.

The inspiration for the butterflies comes from the city itself, whose seal is adorned with the winged creature. The annual migration of monarch butterflies happens each October through February in this coastal town nestled between Monterey and Carmel. The city is also home to a butterfly sanctuary.

In Southern California, we have several thousand different kinds of moths and butterflies, which can make caterpillar identification difficult, but still possible. We recommend online resources like iNaturalist, where you can submit a photo and the location of your caterpillar for specialists to assist in identification. Field guides are also useful for common species; for example, The Insects of the Los Angeles Basin is a great resource for Angelenos.

Witness the fascinating life journey of painted lady butterflies with the Caterpillar to Butterfly Kit. This is the perfect gift for butterfly and nature lovers of all ages. Observe the butterfly life cycle close-up in butterfly-friendly habitats. From caterpillar to butterfly takes around 3 weeks with our butterfly kit. With this kit, you can enjoy rearing butterflies any time of the year, even during winter time!

You can watch your caterpillars transform into butterflies through secure, see-through habitats. All our habitats are butterfly-friendly, safe for children, and completely reusable. You can also use them to keep and raise other small bugs.

Everything worked as planned all caterpillars successfully transformed into butterflies. We had to keep them inside for most of there butterfly life because it was too cold to release them. If you or your kids are into bugs this is a must!!! The transformation is pretty amazing. Mother Nature is Amazing!!

Do you enjoy visiting our butterfly house? Want to learn more about the butterflies? Then become a volunteer! We offer a variety of shifts throughout the season. Take the first step in becoming a volunteer by completing a background check. All volunteers with the Geneva Park District must complete a background check prior to volunteering for a shift. Once you complete the form, please submit it to If you have any questions please reach out to Adam Dagley at or call 630-262-8244. We look forward to meeting you!

The Butterfly Haven is a perfect place for a unique birthday party experience. Come enjoy your birthday with our butterflies, caterpillars and birds. Make your birthday a unique experience learning about the queen bee in our observation beehive, the life cycle of the butterfly, and see how many different butterflies you can find. You get to spend as much time in the butterfly house and then enjoy cake or cupcakes by antique farm equipment. 041b061a72


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