Butterflies

During the spring, summer and fall months the cemetery’s natural dell offers a spot to relax and observe a great variety of butterflies. Zebra, Black and Tiger Swallowtail; Red Admiral; Monarch; Buckeye; Painted Lady; Red Spotted Purple; and members of the Fritillary, White, Sulphur and Blue families, among others, may be seen.

The presence of abundant butterflies, in season, is an indication that a site is environmentally safe, balanced and healthy. A number of conditions must exist, not all of which are aesthetically attractive (such as mud and weeds!)…

  • Mud flats for puddling (drinking) the concentrated nutrients in the moist soil (Only males do this.)
  • Rocks for perching and warming (Butterflies are cold-blooded.)
  • Protection from strong winds
  • Native plants, grasses, and “weeds”
  • Larval plant foods nearby
  • Full sun
  • No chemicals or insecticides

Nectar sources have been introduced from flowering plants such as: Abelia, Aster, Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed (Milkweed), Caryopteris, Clerodendron, Coneflower, Joe Pye Weed, Loosestrife, Mint, Phlox, Spicebush, Yarrow, and numerous wildflowers.

Visit the Gravegarden

Plan Your Visit Today

Upcoming Events

View All

Contact Info

401 Taylor Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

Office: (434) 847-1465
Fax: (434) 856-2004

occ@gravegarden.org
Copyright © 2019 Southern Memorial Association. All rights reserved.
Built By: 434 Marketing.