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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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Big Butterfly Count 2016 - Pumpkin Beth

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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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Big Butterfly Count 2016 - Pumpkin Beth

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If you're looking to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects to your garden, there are lots of flowering plants to choose from. Pictured here outside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 are cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), Astrantia, and Geraniums. Other good butterfly plants include Buddleja, Knautia macedonica, thyme, and lavender to name but a few.

The Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 - Pumpkin Beth

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

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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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…

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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A Red Admiral butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Vanessa atalanta, is feasting on Buddleja.

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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A Gatekeeper butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Pyronia tithonus, feeding of Buddleja davidii.

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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This is a Large White butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Pieris brassicae, it's feeding on Buddleja davidii. The Large White butterfly, is…

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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

Big Butterfly Count 2016 in the Sunshine - Pumpkin Beth

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