“I want to help bring back these monarchs,” Reinhard said. “I started thinking about my granddaughter, Ava. I couldn’t imagine a life without her seeing those beautiful orange and black butterflies. In ’60s, as a kid, they were everywhere.”
Reinhard built the butterfly house with the help of her nephew, Justin Giles of Troy, two years ago.
The butterfly house serves as a safe haven for the monarch butterflies. Reinhard has seen 15 hatched inside this year.
“We go out into the field where there are milkweeds and look for the leaves butterflies have laid eggs on. We bring those into the house to keep safe,” Reinhard said as a few monarchs visited the native Ohio wildflowers in the house.
The butterflies remain in the house about five days “to mate, lay eggs on the milkweed and then we let them go,” she said.
The butterfly house is on private property and not currently open to the public. Reinhard said she hopes by next year to have a program for school and community times to visit.
Ava’s Butterfly House was the setting earlier this month for a memorial butterfly release organized by Lisa’s daughter, Danielle, in memory of Lisa’s son and Danielle’s brother. Dustin Reinhard died in an automobile accident on Sept. 12, 2009.
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