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Victoria Sponge

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!! 

Victoria Sponge

It's so cool- I'm buzzing

Although I'd like them to be something great- like a peacock- it doesn't really matter as my garden is achieving its aim


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.


They are Red Admiral larvae Victoria Sponge. Lovely sight.


I too was a bit wary thought chopped up slugs etc. Great that you've got them Vic.

Steve 309

Nothing wrong with chopped-up slugs,  Best sort!


I haven't seen anything like that for years VS. in spite of my vast collection of nettles

Jim Macd

Nice one VS my patch of nettles is totally clean, I could get best in show with them. , I don't think I've even seen such a nest of Peacocks. Great!

Victoria Sponge

Just an update to show their progress:

*worlds best parent or guardian*  


Haven't seen a sight like that since my childhood 

Steve 309

V impressed by that, Victoria, and by the fact that they seem to eating teasel!


There's some teasel in there but I think they're working on the nettles


Victoria Sponge

I think they're using the teasel to move to new nettles, also to drown in. One crashed into their patch, I assume yesterday during the storm so I imagine it disrupted them a bit.


That's a wonderful sight Victoria and just shows what we gardeners can achieve in terms of wildlife conservation.I'm just hoping the Comma that was circling my nettles managed to lay some eggs.

Victoria Sponge

I hope it did too

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...


Found loads of small tortoiseshell caterpillar the other day, have now make a container for the kids to watch them turn then release them, not sure who's more excited me or the kids.


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