Vertical Butterfly Garden Experiment
The Vertical Butterfly Garden Experiment (VBGE) allows every resident of our city to say
"YES!" to butterflies.
There was a time when butterflies were common in Miami. Sadly, this is no longer the case. The plants their caterpillars needed to eat and the nectar plants that sustained adults are mostly gone.
That habitat has been replaced with buildings, pavement and exotic plants that don't feed them. To butterflies, it must be a desert.
Many green-looking places at ground level have been poisoned by insecticides. These plants have become death traps.
It is little wonder that there are NO Miami Blue butterflies in Miami. It is endangered. The Atala is threatened. Every butterfly we see is a gift.
We can change that. We can invite them home.
Join the Vertical Butterfly Garden Experiment!
Adopt butterfly-friendly plants for your balcony, window-box, roof-top, patio or yard. Most plants are free to you!
This is a real Experiment.
Nobody knows exactly which butterflies will show up at which locations and altitudes. Each participant has the opportunity to discover new data, and share with others.
If you want to become a Citizen Scientist, start any time. Photograph the butterflies in stages from adult to egg to caterpillar to cocoon to adult.
The VBGE launched on 2/28/2009 at the Miami Museum of Science.
Once this Initiative is funded, we will expand. These are future features we plan to offer:
Our experts will recommend a menu of plants best-suited for your location. You choose which butterflies you want invite!
Our gardeners will give you tips on getting started. Our web-page will provide quick answers and forums when you want to know more.
Upload your photos and observations to our website.
The data your share will be available for study by students and scientists. By providing it, you make science possible - and encouraging the study of butterflies.