Nothing beats wildlife gardening you know- look what I found today on my small nettle patch:
I haven't looked them up yet to see if they're beautiful butterflies, amazing moths or just plain food for other things but I've only had this garden for 2 years and it's positively brimming with beasties It's just brilliant
At a glance they look like Peacock caterpillars Victoria.Its funny you should post this because I had a Comma butterfly circling a patch of nettles in my garden this very morning. Well done on getting those!!
Nearly didn't look because of the squeamish in the title. Curiosity got the better of me and I think that's brilliant! Hopefully they will grow up to be beautiful butterflies or moths. Not everyone has room in their garden to have a nettle patch but could grow flowers for them to feed on.
We have loads of nettles, brambles etc just outside the back hedge and honestly just trying to keep some kind of order is backbreaking. I think nature is winning here.
I wonder if people sometimes overestimate the problems bugs or weeds can cause in the garden...I did have to sacrifice part of my sunniest border in order to create the nettle patch but really they're no bother whatsoever...
I discovered a couple of patches of caterpillars on the new blackthorn hedge a few days ago Coys - it's great isn't it! Mine are torties or peacocks which were around in big numbers last year. Nice when wildlife likes to set up home because of what you've planted