|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.|
Head Gardener, Buckingham Palace
Spectacle - Abrostola triplasia
© 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.
Back to moths of the nettle patch
|Did you know?|
|Horse breeders have often added nettle seeds to horse feeds to give the animals a sleek coat.|