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Caterpillar food Scotland

Hi all,
just bought the wonderful wildlife gardening book by Kate Bradbury and got me thinking about what caterpillar food plants I can grow in Scotland.
All referenced plants don’t show up in my Garden plants for Scotland book. 
Any ideas?
thank you! 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,337
    Here are some suggestions for food plants.

    We have a large patch of nettles in a far away corner of the garden and a hop that scrambles up a rowan tree. Both support common species of butterfly.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,653
    It surely depends what butterflies and moths are likely to be living in your area and what food plants they need.  Some are very specific in their requirements.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Yes that’s my problem, not all butterfly and moth species are up so far north but the advice out there is very south England oriented.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,337
    Well, when I lived in Edinburgh I definitely remember seeing Red Admirals, Commas, Painted Ladies, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, which are the butterflies mentioned in my link above as living on the nettles and hops that I suggested.

    But maybe you could cross reference the above link with this one.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Thanks so much! 
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