Ouch Ouch Ouch!

We have been exploring in the Stinging Nettles today.

We were looking for a companion for Treacle and we had a singular lack of success.

Stinging nettles are probably not my favourite wild flower. They are very nice and important to wild life but yes, you have guessed right, it’s the pain thing.

Urtica dioca

Urtica dioca

So let’s start with the Small Tortoiseshell. We found hundreds of them.

Small Tortoiseshell Larva Small Tortoiseshell Larva Small Tortoiseshell Larva Small Tortoiseshell Larva

But these are all overly small Small Tortoiseshells, early instars. They move around the nettles as they grow and keeping them supplied with fresh nettles and cleaning up the old ones (without throwing the baby out with the bathwater)would be a nightmare.

Small Tortoiseshell Larva Small Tortoiseshell Larva Small Tortoiseshell Larva Small Tortoiseshell Larva

I am just not ready for that kind of commitment. When these reach their fifth instar they will split up and go off alone to find somewhere to pupate and that is when we shall try to catch them.

Now as quick as I can, I just want to show you some of the wonderful things that we saw while we were getting stung.

This lovely Common Carder Bumblebee on Bush Vetch didn’t sting us.

Common Carder Common Carder Common Carder

This is a Green Veined White drinking from Creeping Buttercup.

Green Veined White Green Veined White Green Veined White Green Veined White Green Veined WhiteSome wildflowers:

Herb Robert.

Herb Robert

Herb Bennet or Wood Avens.Herb Bennet

Herb Fizz.Fizz

Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill.
Cut-leaved Crane's-bill

“Knots in May” The lovely blossom of the May Tree (Hawthorn)Hawthorn Blossom Hawthorn Blossom Hawthorn BlossomBack to insects and this is the invasive Harlequin Ladybird.

Harlequin Ladybird Harlequin Ladybird Harlequin LadybirdThis is one of our threatened native species, the very pretty little seven spot.

Seven SpotLast one for tonight. I took lots of pictures of this little beetle and it will probably get it’s own post soon. This is the Red-headed Cardinal.

Red-headed Cardinal Red-headed Cardinal Red-headed CardinalAnd that has got to be it for tonight because I am sleepy.

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5 thoughts on “Ouch Ouch Ouch!”

    1. Thank you Jennifer 🙂 May was a long time ago and I had only just started this blog. I had an average two views a day in May. Two is quite a lot of encouragement. Thank you for your encouragement 🙂

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