Butterfly Habitat Planted Behind School

Associated Press

Updated Mon, Aug 26, 2013 6:27 am
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The giant swallowtail, a Southern butterfly, has historically not been found in Massachusetts, but in recent years it has appeared more and more frequently.

Officials in eastern Kentucky are joining an effort to increase the declining population of the Monarch butterfly.

The Southern Hills Garden Club in Ashland partnered with the city, the library and Crabbe Elementary School to plant a habitat called a Monarch Way Station at Central Park. They planted butterfly friendly plants including different varieties of milkweed, purple coneflower and butterfly bushes.

The garden is near Crabbe Elementary and students from the school will care for the garden while learning about the insects.

Garden club members say they are applying to have the site certified as a Monarch Way Station and plan to post educational signs.