Unlike enclosed butterfly "house" displays, the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden is an outdoor habitat designed to attract pollinators.
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This garden, designed by Judy Walther of Environmental Survey Consulting, demonstrates the codependent relationship of plants and insects, and the critical role of pollinators in sustaining biodiversity.
Unlike enclosed butterfly displays, this garden is a butterfly habitat. It is designed to attract and sustain pollinators by using a diverse range of plants that are native to the Texas Hill Country.
Some 350 different plant species, arranged in specific plant habitat communities, create a healthy ecosystem for butterflies and other invertebrates throughout their life cycles.
Carefully placed benches, walking paths, and shaded areas allow visitors the opportunity to quietly observe the activities of butterflies and other pollinators in ten different plant communities.
A butterfly boosting house (insectary) located next to the garden allows us to protect the caterpillar (larval) phase of the butterfly life cycle in an enclosed environment that is free from predators, thus boosting their numbers. Once the insects have pupated (chrysalis phase), they are placed in eclosion boxes where they emerge into adult butterflies and fly freely.
The Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden was a gift from the O.J. and Ann Weber Family Foundation Fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
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