Visit a living showcase of native southwest Ohio butterflies and moths at The Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum.
The Butterfly House is open May 1 to October 31, 8 AM to 10 PM
Peak Season is July-August
Knowledgeable volunteers on hand July 5 through August 31:
Mon.-Sat., 10 AM-12 PM
Sun., 12-2 PM
Guided or self-guided tours are available for children and adults. Please call 937-275-PARK (7275) to schedule.
View native-Ohio butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. Exploration will bring discoveries about the various species of butterflies and plants making each experience a personal connection with nature. The mission of the house is to exhibit native butterflies in a natural environment, captivate visitors, inspire protection of threatened habitats, and educate the public on butterfly/moth life cycles and their plant partnerships.
Species such as painted lady, red admiral, monarch, giant swallowtail, black swallowtail, spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, luna moth, Cecropia moth, Polyphemus moth and pipevine swallowtail are featured.
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About the Facility
Our Butterfly House is a living showcase of native southwest Ohio butterflies and moths. During the Butterfly Housesummer, visitors can get an up-close encounter with butterfly eggs, caterpillars, butterflies emerging from their chrysalises, adult butterflies and native moths.
The gardens inside the house include nectar plants for the adult butterflies and also host plants for the caterpillars. By including both types of plants, the moths and butterflies can complete their entire life cycle. Butterflies and moths are not purchased from outside sources. Rather they are captured on the grounds and released into the house. As the butterfly season comes to a close, the insects are released outside. Cox Arboretum MetroPark takes part each year in the tagging program that Monarch Watch conducts. All the monarchs raised in the house are then tagged and released to make the migration to Mexico.
The Butterfly House opened to the public in the summer of 1998. At that time, it was one of only four such facilities in the United States. Now there are many butterfly houses and exhibits throughout the U.S. and the world, but Cox Arboretum MetroPark’s Butterfly House remains one of the few that exhibits all native butterflies.
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