PHOTOS: ‘Painted ladies’ make Surrey cemetery a better place

CLOVERDALE — A few hundred "painted ladies" made for a colourful event at a Surrey cemetery last week.

With the help of A.J. McLellan Elementary students, Surrey Centre Cemetery butterfly garden is now home to hundreds of new residents, as more than 300 Painted Lady butterflies were released on June 11.

The students raised and released the butterflies in partnership with the cemetery staff, who maintain the garden.

In addition to being beautiful, butterflies are also beneficial to the environment. Butterfly gardens attract and sustain healthy populations of butterflies and other insects and organisms. Butterflies and butterfly larvae provide food for birds, mammals, and other wildlife. In return, these creatures help keep gardens free from pests.

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