Butterflies are again a special feature of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. I love butterflies, so for me the Butterfly Dome is one of my favourite features of this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, can enjoy a butterfly meadow, the puparium, and of course the Butterfly Dome.
The area surrounding the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 has been transformed into a beautiful butterfly meadow, filled with native British grasses and flowers to attract butterflies, bees and other insects.
In this special area of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, visitors can admire the beauty of our native British wildflowers and look out for butterflies, as they feast on the nectar produced by the flowers.
Before entering the Butterfly Dome, visitors can gaze into the glass Puparium, and marvel at the captivating and bewitching sight of butterflies, as they emerge, freshly transformed from their metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly inside their chrysalis.
Inside the Puparium, the butterflies evacuate their chrysalis, and inflate their wings, before being released into the adjacent Butterfly Dome.
Inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017……
Upon entering the Butterfly Dome, visitors are delivered into a tropical paradise, filled with vibrantly coloured flowering plants and some rather glamorous planting. This purpose built dome is filled with exotic plants and butterflies, which can be found in Indonesia and South America and further afield.
The area inside the Butterfly Dome measures 283 meters squared, it’s filled with hundreds of butterflies, from thirty different species.
RHS staff are on hand to help visitors make the most of their experience inside the Butterfly Dome. I met RHS entomologist Anna Platoni during my visit to the Butterfly Dome.
It’s not unusual for butterflies to land on visitors to the Butterfly Dome, so it’s important to move slowly inside this exhibit and to take care where you walk, so as not to disturb or accidentally injure any of the butterflies.
There are plenty of feeding stations inside the Butterfly Dome. The butterflies have the choice of a selection of fruits, including ripe banana and oranges. These fruits are especially popular with exotic butterflies, as they provide a food source for the butterflies in their native environment.
The array of exotic planting inside the Butterfly Dome, which includes Spathiphyllum wallisii, Anthuriums, Canna lilies, Lantana, and Hibiscus, provides an array of nectars for these exotic butterflies to enjoy. These brightly coloured tropical plants bring a taste of the exotic to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Access for disabled visitors to the Butterfly Dome
There is just one low step as you into the Butterfly Dome. Inside the Butterfly Dome the ground is level, and step free.
The floor inside the Butterfly Dome is comprised of gravel, which has been laid over a protective, plastic grid. This gravel path inside the Butterfly Dome isn’t particularly deep, but it might perhaps be easier for disabled visitors, who are relying on an assistant to push their wheelchair, to enter the Butterfly Dome backwards, and travel facing this direction around the inside of the Butterfly Dome.
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