The Butterfly Dome, located in the Annual Garden, is a new project started by Park Supervisor, Pete! The purpose of the Dome is to provide a space where Park visitors can observe a few native butterfly species in their different life stages — from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly! The butterflies are located inside the Dome which serves as a semi-contained area you can enter to enjoy and view the transformation phases.
In addition to the usual annual plantings in the Annual Garden, several native perennials have been planted both inside the Dome to serve as a nectar source and around the Dome to ensure the space acts as a specialized butterfly habitat. There is also a small birdbath on the ground which is used as a water source for any butterflies that successfully emerge from their chrysalis.
Visitors can look for monarch and black swallowtail caterpillars feeding on milkweed and fennel plants within the Dome. We ask that you please don’t touch the caterpillars but do come out to experience the Butterfly Dome firsthand!