Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Butterflies are Comi
Do you like vegetables and fruits? Learn more about attracting butterflies to your house and their critical role to the food web and ecosystems at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Allen Public Library. Melanie Schuhart will share how colorful butterflies can adorn your yard as they meander through native plants.
A Master Naturalist and Master Entomologist, Melanie Schuchart is passionate about sharing her love of butterflies and all insects. Melanie declares, “As the Blackland Prairie is disappearing in Collin County, I want everyone to know that by planting native plants in their yard, they help provide food for many of our local butterflies.”
Common butterflies that are observed in Collin County and the principles for providing for them will be presented. Ranging in size from the tiny blues to the largest swallowtails, Allen's butterflies offer a kaleidoscope of imagery. In response to the disappearance of the native prairies, citizens will learn how to enhance native habitats and maintain butterflies almost year-round. To provide for the entire life cycle, host plants for the baby caterpillars where butterflies lay eggs will be identified.
In 2016, Melanie assisted with the Reed Park: Waystation, a pollinator garden dedicated to providing a habitat for monarch butterflies. The garden is located on Rivercrest Boulevard, west of Allen Heights, on the west side of Reed Elementary School.
A Dallas native, Melanie is married and has three children who graduated from Allen High School. Through her years as a Girl Scout, Melanie acquired the inspiration to explore forests and prairies. She notes, “After moving into my first house, I enjoyed digging up prairie plants and planting them in my yard. I always enjoyed the native flowers and experimented with them in my gardens.”
Melanie serves as a volunteer director at the Heard Natural Science Museum Butterfly House and Gardens and is also a member of the Native Plant Society of Collin County, North American Butterfly Association and Xerces Association.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.