Sunday, 9 April 2017

Encouraging caterpillars into your Garden - for Butterflies

I, like most people love last Summer was sad with hardly any butterflies in my garden.  I thought that I had everything needed but daftly I had the nectar plants sorted but not necessarily the plants for the dear old caterpillars.
...So here is a little list of the plants that the caterpillars like...Its not too late to plant some.

Painted Lady - Mallows , Thistles and goosefoots
Painted lady caterpillar

Green veined White and Orange Tip - Ladies smock and Garlic Mustard

Green veined white

Orange tip

Common Blue - Birds Foot Trefoil...I know it as egg and bacon.
Common blue

Holly Blue - Holly and Ivy Holly Blue
Holly Blue
Red Admiral

Red Admiral - Photo Jim Black


Peacock caterpillar
Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoishell and Comma - Sunny clumps of nettles, left until mid summer before cutting down.

Small Tortoishell
Small tortoishell


Brimstone Caterpillar

Comma - Currants, Elm, Hop and Willows.
Comma caterpillar

Small Copper - Docks and Sorrels.
Small Copper
I'm going to leave some patches of cleavers for the painted ladies and a small patch of nettles. ....and try to make sure that the nettles by my workshop are left longer before cutting. It's not easy to leave docks ,nettles and cleavers but it will be worth it to see lots of butterflies back into my garden. 


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