Moths are perfect symbols for cemeteries… Just think about it. As a caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon, it appears to be dead. But after metamorphosis takes place, it is reborn as a winged creature that is attracted to light. The life cycle of a moth is therefore a wonderful allegory for a loved one who passes away, is transformed & later reborn… heading to the light:
In spite of the comforting imagery involved, there are few moths in Recoleta Cemetery. The most obvious is in the center of the entrance gate. Some sources say that it is a bee, not a moth. Even I used to believe that until I could resolve the obvious differences in body structure. Coupled with other moth images I’ve found inside (one example above), there’s no doubt in my mind that it is *not* a bee.
I have found your site very informative. I am writing a book on French cemeteries and am including a section on death symbols. I have only found two examples of moths, and one of a scarab-type beetle – excellent symbolism there. So far, no other insects are represented. My list of symbols promises to be quite long.
Thanks for the comment, Penelope. There is a lot of info online about symbolism, & I try to investigate what’s true & what’s not. Good luck with your investigation!
This is something I notice. Whenever someone pass away, a moth will appear. I encountered this almost every time someone pass away.
Hi Kelly – Maybe there is a deeper symbolism here. It would be interesting to find out if more people have had similar experiences.