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.

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Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

Office: (434) 847-1465
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