Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
“This is another clever initiative from CONE. It makes us think twice about the common yet important wildlife on our doorstep.

At Butterfly Conservation, being nice to nettles comes as second nature to us - we love them! Not only are nettles good for butterflies like Red Admiral, Comma and Peacock, they also have so much to offer to other wildlife. Our thanks go to CONE for increasing our awareness of this familiar and incredibly useful plant.”

Charlie Rugeroni
Butterfly Conservation - the leading organisation for the conservation of butterflies nationally



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?
Roman soldiers posted in Britain were reputed to have brushed their limbs with nettles so the stings would warm them in the cold climate!
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