|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.
Project Manager, London Wildlife Trust Centre for Wildlife Gardening
Burnished Brass - Diachrysia chrysitis
© David G Green
|The metallic patches on the upper wing make the Burnished Brass easily identifiable.|
A common moth throughout the British Isles, the Burnished Brass can be found in a variety of habitats from woodland to wasteland and gardens. It can sometimes be seen feeding from Buddleia around dusk.
The larvae hatch from their eggs in late summer, feed for a while and then hibernate when quite small in the leaf litter at the base of the foodplant. The caterpillars resume feeding in April and completes its growth by the end of May. The caterpillar then forms a cocoon on the underside of a leaf folding the edges of the leaf around it as it progresses. The adults then emerge about four weeks later.
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|Horse breeders have often added nettle seeds to horse feeds to give the animals a sleek coat.|