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



Moths of the nettle patch

Although sometimes not as showy as their cousins, the butterflies, moths are often just as beautiful and often more fascinating. In general moths are more cosmopolitan in their choice of larval foodplant, the caterpillars of some moth species will eat a wide range of foodplants and are said to be omniphagous.

Let's take a look at those moths you may come across in your local nettle patch

Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitisBurnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis
Distinctive metallic patches are a key identification feature of this moth.
Spectacle - Abrostola triplasiaThe Spectacle - Abrostola triplasia
Is it a moth or a broken twig?
Beautiful Golden Y - Autographa pulchrinaBeautiful Golden Y - Autographa pulchrina
Found throughout the British Isles in June and July.


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Did you know?
Horse breeders have often added nettle seeds to horse feeds to give the animals a sleek coat.
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