The Archive of the host plants
The Archive of the host plants consists of a series of gardens. These gardens contain a collection of host plants for butterflies. Every butterfly has its own host plant. A host plant is a plant that the caterpillar feeds on. By making a series of gardens in different places in the Netherlands and abroad with their own natural surroundings, we create the possibility to grow a large variety of host plants. For Cools the host plants and related caterpillars are of crucial importance to his work. During the pupation of the caterpillars and the emergence of the butterflies, new color pigments of the meconium can be obtained.
The Archive of the host plants is a series of gardens that will be developed throughout the Netherlands and abroad in the coming years. The gardens also provide a broad biodiversity and are open to the public. A foundation established by Cools takes care of the gardens and organizes educational programs around the topic of biodiversity.