Butterfly House

Visit a living showcase of native southwest Ohio butterflies and moths

Cox Arboretum Butterfly House LogoThe Butterfly House is currently closed. However, visitors can frequently find butterflies and other pollinators at the Edible Landscape Garden, the Conservation Corner’s prairie, near the Tree Tower, and in the gardens around the Butterfly House. Learn more

The Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum MetroPark is one of the few butterfly exhibits in the country featuring all native butterflies. Our native-Ohio Butterfly House enables children and adults to view native butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. Exploration will bring discoveries about the various species of butterflies and plants, making each experience a personal connection with nature.

Species such as painted lady, red admiral, monarch, giant swallowtail, black swallowtail, spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, luna moth, cecropia moth, polyphemus moth and pipevine swallowtail are featured.

The mission of the house is to exhibit native butterflies and pollinators in a natural environment, captivate visitors, inspire protection of threatened habitats and educate the public on butterfly/moth lifecycles and their plant partnerships.

Learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks conservation efforts

Things to Do

Listen for the pipevine swallowtail caterpillars chewing pipevine leaves.

Look for swallowtail butterflies puddling in the back of the Butterfly House.

Discover more about what host plants you can grow at home to attract butterflies.

Search for caterpillar eggs. Female monarchs can lay up to 400 eggs. How many can you find?

Discover the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis by stopping in the gazebo.

Look for plants that humans AND caterpillars eat — like fennel, parsley and tomatoes.

Stop at the butterfly chair for a picture with the family.

Return in the evening to look for moths in the Pollinator Garden surrounding the Butterfly House.

Search for butterflies in the gardens surrounding the house and Conservation Corner.

Be sure to return all throughout butterfly season to see new species of butterflies and moths!

Learn more about Nature Appreciation nature appreciation opportunities in the MetroParks.

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