Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
“Delicious nutritious nettles, bring to mind sunny childhood play days, excellent as an additive to compost and essential for some many caterpillars.

Thank you CONE for raising the profile and improving the reputation of this wild plant, and thanks alike to all who grow them in their garden for butterflies.”

Helen Firminger
Project Manager, London Wildlife Trust Centre for Wildlife Gardening



Spectacle - Abrostola triplasia

 Spectacle - Abrostola triplasia 
 Copyright Roy Leverton
© Roy Leverton
In its typical resting position with wings clasping a twig the Spectacle is well camouflaged resembling a broken branch.

The Spectacle is common and widespread throughout the UK being found in woodlands, commons and gardens where it frequently visits Buddleia and Valerian flowers.

The adults emerge in May from pupae that have overwintered and can be found until about mid July. Sometimes there is a second brood in the southern part of the UK that can be found on the wing between July and September.

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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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