It’s important to leave a few patches of stinging nettle in the wilder part of a garden, as it’s an essential food plant for developing butterflies.

Plants for Butterflies

  • Cosmos are an important source of nectar for butterflies.
  • Ivy is the food-plant of holly blue butterfly caterpillars and many moth species – including swallowtail moth.
  • Nettle and blackberry are also important plants which support butterfly throughout their life cycle.

Comma butterfly — Saturday 30 March 2019.

Sighting Diary

  • Sat 23 March 2019 – saw an orange butterfly with brown/black markings in the back patch
  • Sun 24 March – saw a yellow butterfly at the allotment
  • Sat 30 March on the allotment, we saw a Comma Butterfly (aka anglewing butterfly) – with orange / brown wing markings – very friendly!  We also saw a white cabbage butterfly and a creamy yellow butterfly.