Eagle’s Trace Residents Bond Through Butterflies

Houston, Texas—For 32 years, Joan Maresca taught math and science to elementary school students in Maryland and Texas.  She knows how to make the mysteries of nature come to life.

Upon moving to Eagle’s Trace retirement community with her husband, Frank, in October of 2015, Mrs. Maresca thought about how she could make new friends.

The answer came easily.  She would unleash the metamorphosis of the Painted Lady butterfly for all to enjoy.

“I visited websites to acquire the butterfly kit.  It included 82 larvae, food, containers and a collapsible habitat…basically everything we needed to watch the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to beautiful butterfly,” stated Mrs. Maresca.

She distributed the kits to fellow residents and staff during the week of May 9.  The butterfly “nursery” was kept in the community’s Creative Arts Room.

“This is a high-visibility area making it the ideal location for residents, employees and guests to observe the seemingly daily changes taking place,” stated Mrs. Maresca.

During a ceremony on June 1, the adult butterflies were released among the flowers and vegetables grown by residents of Eagle’s Trace in their garden.

“The Painted Lady butterflies are really like miniature versions of monarchs.  Their orange and black coloring is extraordinary,” noted Mrs. Maresca.  “They bring beauty to the gardens and pollinate the plants.”

Lisa Hadley, Community Resources Coordinator at Eagle’s Trace, agreed.  “Our residents and even their visiting grandchildren enjoyed this interactive experience.  Because of their creativity, a new resident group called the ‘Wild Things’ has formed.  They will plan other live projects involving nature and our environment,” she stated. 

Consider it mission accomplished for Mrs. Maresca.

“None of us are too old to learn.  We had fun and made new friends along the way,” she said.  “I can’t wait to do it again!”

About Eagle’s Trace:  Eagle’s Trace is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Houston, Texas, the scenic 70-acre campus is home to more than 675 residents.  Eagle’s Trace is the ideal greater Houston retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.