What you come across when weeding…

Last week while I was weeding at the back of the croquet lawn border I was tracing some nettles, which had invaded through the walling between the croquet lawn and the cricket pitch. I peered over the wall and was confronted with a mass of back caterpillars infesting a nettle head.

catterpillars

I did some research and found that there black, ugly caterpillars change to this…

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And then to this…

 

Peacock Butterfly in the morningA beautiful Peacock Butterfly!

We’ll be looking forward to talking to Matthew Oates, National Trust Nature and Butterfly specialist, when he visits later this week!

Graham, Garden Volunteer

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