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Our Focus

The Western Monarch butterfly migration is in peril. Join the Habitile Western Migration Revival to promote environmentally friendly design and art while protecting monarch butterflies. We can all help by planting native milkweeds and wildflowers along the monarchs' migratory corridors. These flowers will allow monarch female butterflies to lay their eggs and feed their young.

You receive a few California milkweed seeds, soil, and a Habitile wall planter when you join the Revival. With proper care, the Habitile supports milkweeds and the mini Habitile promotes seed germination. Get as many as you can and turn walls into gardens.

Our hope is that our Habitile Western Migration Revival will help start conversations that are needed and bring awareness to this issue before it's too late.

An iconic migration is on the verge of collapse; we must all do our part to save western monarchs! Current numbers show that there has been a 99.4% decline in monarch butterflies from the numbers present 30 years ago. - Xerces Society, 2/2019.


Butterfly Life Cycle

Every species of butterfly is intrinsically connected to one genus of plant. The caterpillars of each species of butterfly can only eat that one plant, and that plant is represented in the native community of plants by one or two varieties, often called "weeds." In order for one butterfly to survive it must:

  • Begin as an egg on the needed larval food plant
  • Hatch as a baby caterpillar
  • Eat, grow, and transform through the seven molting stages of caterpillar life ("instars")
  • Find a place to form a chrysalis and safely wait (up to 2 years) for the right moment - temperature and air quality
  • Safely eclose from the chrysalis (moths make cocoons)
  • Fly and mate and find the larval food plant to reproduce again

We imagine that in an urban setting, for every butterfly we see, there have probably been at least 1,000 eggs laid. The Habitile is specifically planted to support these three butterflies. We will help you support your local species according to your specific location.