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



Beautiful Golden Y - Autographa pulchrina

 Beautiful Golden Y - Autographa pulchrina 
 Copyright Roy Leverton
© Roy Leverton
The crytic markings and tufts of hair break up the outline of the Beautiful Golden Y giving effective camouflage.

The caterpillars of the Beautiful Golden Y hatch in August and will feed on Dead Nettle (Lamium spp.) and a range of other plants as well as the Stinging Nettle. The larva hibernates when still quite small and starts feeding again in the following spring. The caterpillar is green with a broad white stripe along the back and a pale yellow stripe down each flank.

After completing its growth in the spring the larva pupates in a large loose silken cocoon among the leaves of the host plant to emerge in June. The adult mainly flies at dusk and can be seen vistiing a wide range of woodland and garden flowers.

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Did you know?
The Latin name of the nettle Urtica comes from the word 'uro' which means to burn!
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