All Things Butterfly
“Hi! I am a monarch butterfly! I am one of the most recognizable and well-studied butterflies on earth! I have orange wings laced with black lines and bordered with white dots, cute right?”
“Hi! I am a common buckeye. Eyes on the back of your head? I have “eyes” on the back of my wings that are outlined in orange! My favorite host plants are snapdragon, monkey flowers, plantains, and reullia!”
“Hey! I am a red admiral! You know when you humans reach down to pull a weed and realize its too late and that it was a stinging nettle? Those are my absolute favorite host plants!”
What a transformation!
Butterflies change a lot over the span of their life, from egg to butterfly. Get ready to learn a few interesting facts about this process soon!
History & Impact
The Butterfly Habitat
In 1997, the Bowling Green JCI Senators built The Butterfly Habitat and dedicated it in memory of one of their own, Charlie Miller. It’s because of them that this wonder-filled garden exists. Since then, the Charlie Miller Butterfly Habitat has been enjoyed by thousands of guests.
The #FindYourWings Butterfly Mural
In 2018, local artists Hadleigh Chapman and Novelty V. Habit donated their time and talent to create an amazing mural on the side of the Gift Shop to raise awareness of the need for the ongoing support of the Butterfly Habitat.
Come spread your wings and tag #lostrivercave as you take flight for an awesome cause!
Over the years the Charlie Miller Butterfly Habitat has been enjoyed by thousands of guests. The Habitat is a beautiful garden filled with wonderful little fluttering inhabitants for everyone to enjoy, but it’s much more than that. Every experience in the Habitat is one that serves the mission to educate and enrich lives through connections with nature.
We hope guests will enjoy learning about the native plants that butterflies need to thrive, their natural predators, and their lifecycle. We like to think of the habitat as a loosely structured introduction to a ‘gateway bug,’ the butterfly. Butterflies are beautiful, gentle, and generally aren’t feared; those characteristics serve in helping visitors begin or continue their journey into learning the value of insects to nature and to us!
Thank you for supporting the Charlie Miller Butterfly Habitat! After you donate, you’ll receive an invite with your link to book 4 tickets to a donor/member butterfly release.
If you choose to make an ongoing donation or make a one-time gift of $40 or more, you’ll get our special 4-inch #SpreadYourWings Butterfly Mural Sticker shown below!
Artwork and mural by local artists Hadleigh Evans and Novelty V. Habit