Brown Family Environmental
Kenyon College Brown Family Environmental Center
provides opportunities for self-guided study of organisms and habitats
of the Kokosing River valley. It covers approximately 380 acres
and has a small visitor center and butterfly garden (which directly
adjoins the Kokosing Gap Trail).
garden is so named because it was designed to attract butterflies.
The flowers provide nectar for adult butterflies and the leaves
and stems of many of the plants are eaten by butterfly larvae. Woodpiles
located at the far end of the garden are a place where caterpillars
and pupae can overwinter. On a sunny afternoon, if you look carefully
you can find more than a dozen varieties of butterflies. Brightly
colored tiger swallowtails and monarchs are often found sipping
nectar from the purple buddlia near the entrance to the garden.
In the fall, if you look closely at the leaves of the butterfly-weed
that grows near the entrance you can expect to find green and white
striped monarch caterpillars or the fuzzy black and orange caterpillars
of the tussock moth. You might also find bright red milkweed beetles
or black and red milkweed bugs. All of these insects feed on the
milky sap of this plant.
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