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Monarch Butterflies Flutter By

Posted On February 23, 2017 | 15:51 pm | by Press | Permalink
  • May: Deirdre Moore places new plants to draw pollinators, including milkweed and silphium, in the swale by the Dumbarton Oaks staff parking lot and garden offices.

  • May: A monarch butterfly on a milkweed plant. Monarchs lay their eggs only on milkweed.

  • July: A honeybee sips at milkweed blossoms.

  • August: Zinnias have burst into bloom in the pollinator garden.

  • September: A newly-hatched wild monarch butterfly perched on a zinnia.

  • September: Moths on the zinnias.

The New Pollinator Garden at Dumbarton Oaks

Over the past year, the garden staff has installed a new pollinator garden in the swale near the garden offices. Deirdre Moore, Tyler fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies, designed the garden to attract a range of pollinators, include several monarch butterflies, which hatched from eggs as caterpillars, formed chrysalises, and then emerged as adults this past fall. Watch video of these life stages of the monarch butterfly shot here at Dumbarton Oaks, and look at a photo slideshow (above) of the development of the new garden.