Nettles are a food plant for the caterpillars of the Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies. If you want to attract butterflies to your garden, and are thinking of including a patch of nettles in your garden, remember that the nettles need to be growing in a warm, sunny spot, so the butterflies will be able to find them.

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A Comma butterfly, also known as Polygonia c-album, feeding on Verbena bonariensis, a popular and easy to grow perennial, that's a super nectar-rich food plant for butterflies, moths and bees .

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A Buff Erine Moth Caterpillar, also known as Spilarctia luteum.

Here a Peacock butterfly, which is also known by its scientific name of Aglais io, is feeding on Buddleja davidii.

Here a Peacock butterfly, which is also known by its scientific name of Aglais io, is feeding on Buddleja davidii. In contrast to its colourful…

Here a Peacock butterfly, which is also known by its scientific name of Aglais io, is feeding on Buddleja davidii. In contrast to its colourful…

Bees and butterflies love Lavender, it's a great plant to have in your garden. Lavandula angustifolia is a compact variety, ideal for containers.

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