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



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