Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
“Within the Buckingham Palace gardens nettles play an important role in the wildlife habitat areas providing a valuable food source for caterpillars. I hope National Be Nice to Nettles Week is a great success and congratulate CONE on this exciting initiative.”

Mark Lane
Head Gardener, Buckingham Palace



Butterflies of the nettle patch

Many of our most colourful and well known butterflies depend on nettles for the growth of their larvae. They are all members of the Nymphalidae ( pronounced Nim-fa-lid-eye ) or Brush-footed butterflies. This is due the front pair of legs ( which are much smaller than the other two pairs and so not used for walking ) being covered in tufts of hair like scales.

Let's take a look at those you may see in a sunny nettle patch.

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
A common sight in gardens in the autumn where it will feed on Buddleja flowers and fallen fruit. Migrates from Africa each spring.
Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae
The adults are frequent visitors to garden flowers.
Peacock - Inachis ioPeacock - Inachis io
Unmistakeable resident butterfly with large distinctive 'eye-spots' on the wings.
Comma - Polygonia c-album
The comma was struggling in the early 1900's but has made a remarkable comeback and is moving steadily northwards.


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Did you know?
Native American braves would flog themselves with nettles to keep themselves awake while on watch.
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