The Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

A closer look at the butterfly art work, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A closer look at the butterfly art work, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A closer look at the butterfly art work, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A closer look at the butterfly art work, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

The Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

The Butterfly Dome is a wonderful feature, which has been specially designed and created for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.  I loved visiting the Butterfly Dome.  I hope you will enjoy seeing the butterflies, if you’re visiting the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year.

Outside the Butterfly Dome, there are an array of plants that are popular with butterflies. As well as many native British plants, there are plants that can easily be grown in the UK, which will also provide nectar and attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects to your garden. Pictured outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
Outside the Butterfly Dome, there are an array of plants that are popular with butterflies. As well as many native British plants, there are plants that can easily be grown in the UK, which will also provide nectar and attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects to your garden. Pictured outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
If you're looking to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects to your garden, there are lots of flowering plants to choose from. Pictured here outside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 are cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), Astrantia, and Geraniums. Other good butterfly plants include Buddleja, Knautia macedonica, thyme, and lavender to name but a few.
If you’re looking to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects to your garden, there are lots of flowering plants to choose from. Pictured here outside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 are cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), Astrantia, and Geraniums. Other good butterfly plants include Buddleja, Knautia macedonica, thyme, and lavender to name but a few.

Plants for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects

The area around the Butterfly Dome has been planted with a meadow of native British flowering plants that are known to attract butterflies and other pollinating insects.  There are also food plants such as holly, ivy, and thyme for caterpillars to feed on, as well as other non-native plants that are known to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

A bee on a cornflower. Cornflowers are also known by their botanical name of Centaurea cyanus. Pictured outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A bee on a cornflower. Cornflowers are also known by their botanical name of Centaurea cyanus. Pictured outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A bee resting on Achillea millefolium, in the specially planted butterfly meadow, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A bee resting on Achillea millefolium, in the specially planted butterfly meadow, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Puparium

A Blue Morpho butterfly, one of the largest butterflies in the world, (Morpho peleides) emerging from its pupa, inside the puparium, at the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A Blue Morpho butterfly, one of the largest butterflies in the world, (Morpho peleides) emerging from its pupa, inside the puparium, at the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Outside the Butterfly Dome there is a puparium, where visitors are able to watch the fascinating sight of butterflies emerging from their pupas.   The butterflies and pupa are safe inside the special puparium, where the butterflies are able to take time to evacuate their pupa, and pump up their wings, before being released into the adjacent Butterfly Dome.

Butterflies, including the Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) emerging from their pupas inside the puparium, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
Butterflies, including the Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) emerging from their pupas inside the puparium, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
The Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 is a wonderful place to visit, you can see over thirty species of butterfly from Indonesia and South America in amongst tropical plants and trees.
The Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 is a wonderful place to visit, you can see over thirty species of butterfly from Indonesia and South America in amongst tropical plants and trees.

Inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

Inside the amazing Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show you'll find tropical plants, including many beautiful flowering Canna, Hibiscus, Lantana plants and three large Ficus trees, which all measure over 5m in height!
Inside the amazing Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show you’ll find tropical plants, including many beautiful flowering Canna, Hibiscus, Lantana plants and three large Ficus trees, which all measure over 5m in height!
An exotic butterfly resting inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
The inside of the Butterfly Dome is filled with tropical plants for the butterflies to feed, shelter and rest on. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
The inside of the Butterfly Dome is filled with tropical plants for the butterflies to feed, shelter and rest on. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
Inside the Butterfly Dome there are specimen trees, as well as Anthuriums, Hibiscus and Lantana. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
Inside the Butterfly Dome there are specimen trees, as well as Anthuriums, Hibiscus and Lantana. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Butterfly feeding stations and plants

The Butterfly Dome is huge!  It measures 283 meters squared and accommodates three large Ficus trees – Ficus benjamina, F. lyrata, and F. longifolia, each measuring more than 5 meters tall!  There are an array of brightly coloured tropical plants, including Hibiscus, Lantana and Canna plants, whose flowers provide nectar for the butterflies.  There are also special feeding stations with fruits, such as bananas and oranges, that are popular for the exotic butterflies to feed on.

Inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 there are Hibiscus, Lantana and other tropical flowering plants to provide nectar for the butterflies. There are also a number of feeding stations, with fruits such as banana and oranges, for the butterflies to feed on.
Inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 there are Hibiscus, Lantana and other tropical flowering plants to provide nectar for the butterflies. There are also a number of feeding stations, with fruits such as banana and oranges, for the butterflies to feed on.
A close up of one of the butterfly feeding stations, inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016. The tropical planting includes Hibiscus, Lantana and other tropical flowering plants, to provide nectar for the butterflies. There are also a number of feeding stations, with fruits such as open bananas and oranges, for the butterflies to feed on.
A close up of one of the butterfly feeding stations, inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016. The tropical planting includes Hibiscus, Lantana and other tropical flowering plants, to provide nectar for the butterflies. There are also a number of feeding stations, with fruits such as open bananas and oranges, for the butterflies to feed on.
A Doris Longwing butterfly, also known as Laparus doris, pictured feeding on Lantana, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A Doris Longwing butterfly, also known as Laparus doris, pictured feeding on Lantana, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Exotic Butterflies from South America and Indonesia

An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Inside the Butterfly Dome there are hundreds of butterflies, from thirty different species, all of which originate from Indonesia or South America.

A magnificent Papilio palinurus, this butterfly has many common names, including the Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly, Green-banded Peacock Butterfly and the Emerald Peacock Butterfly. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A magnificent Papilio palinurus, this butterfly has many common names, including the Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly, Green-banded Peacock Butterfly and the Emerald Peacock Butterfly. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A pair of Chequered Swallowtail butterflies, also known as Papilio demoleus, pictured with Streptocarpus, Lantana and Hibiscus flowers, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A pair of Chequered Swallowtail butterflies, also known as Papilio demoleus, pictured with Streptocarpus, Lantana and Hibiscus flowers, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Butterfly activities – fun for all the family!

Outside the Butterfly Dome face painters will be painting butterfly faces, and there are other children’s activities which include a balloon modeller, a creche, and a ball pit.  The Butterfly Dome is a real highlight of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – one not to be missed.

Access for disabled visitors to the Butterfly Dome

The floor of the Butterfly Dome is gravel laid over a protective, plastic grid.  The gravel isn’t overly deep, but it might be easier for disabled visitors who are using a wheelchair that is manually pushed by an assistant, to enter the Butterfly Dome backwards, and travel facing this direction around the inside of the Butterfly Dome.  Inside the ground is level, and there aren’t any steps up to the Butterfly Dome, there’s just one very slight, minor step as you enter the Butterfly Dome.

Butterflies inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

A Blue Morpho Butterfly, also known by its latin name of Morpho peleides, pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A Blue Morpho Butterfly, also known by its latin name of Morpho peleides, pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A Chequered Swallowtail butterfly, also known as Papilio demoleus, pictured resting on an Anthurium flower, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A Chequered Swallowtail butterfly, also known as Papilio demoleus, pictured resting on an Anthurium flower, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
Many butterflies have brown undersides to their wings, this helps to camouflage them and protect them from predators. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
Many butterflies have brown undersides to their wings, this helps to camouflage them and protect them from predators. Pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
An exotic butterfly resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A closer look at the butterfly art work, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.
A closer look at the butterfly art work, outside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Other articles that may interest you……….

To see more photographs from the 2016 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, please click here.

To read my interview with Tom Massey and John Ward, and find out more about the UNHCR: ‘Border Control’ Garden they designed for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To read about Jonathan Hogarth’s success at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 and the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To read about the 2016 Big Butterfly Count, and find ways to encourage butterflies into your garden, please click here.

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