Peacock butterfly caterpillars munching nettles

We promise this clip isn’t speeded up! The peacock butterfly caterpillars are munching their way through the nettles near the Wheatland Farm wildlife pond. Soon we’ll have fresh adults flying in the lodge field.

Nettles, you can have too much of a good thing…but not if you’re a peacock butterfly caterpillar. These munching machines are all over the nettles. A week or so ago we could reliably find an adult peacock butterfly sunning itself here, and this is the outcome.

Here’s what they’ll look like as glorious adults. This picture was taken back in March this year.