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was Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?

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Old 08-08-2007, 05:40 AM
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Default test with grasshoppers on nettle Re: was Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?

I ran a test on grasshoppers on stinging nettle. I rounded up some
grasshoppers to go jumping and flying into
a patch of stinging nettle. The end result was that they quickly
departed or remained "still" if they had landed on
a stem. Once they landed, they remained still until they either flew
away or dropped to the ground. None
moved up the stem. So apparently they were immediately affected upon
landing. Maybe it affects their
joints in their legs.

And of the 3 separate patches of stinging nettle, none had
grasshoppers of their own volition.

An interesting test would be to see if any caterpillers would remain
on the stems or leaves.

And would insects eat nettle if it were the only available plant?

I am not sure, but I think my donkey ate stinging nettle but he is
gone and cannot verify.
I suspect the horse and Llama eat stinging nettle when they are real
hungry and that
they will _not_ eat dock but will eat stinging-nettle. Again, that is
unverified.

I am going to test to see if goats eat stinging-nettle, which I would
guess they easily would.

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Old 08-08-2007, 06:31 AM
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Default test with grasshoppers on nettle Re: was Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?

On Tue, 07 Aug 2007 22:40:23 -0700, a_plutonium
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Try frogs.
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:02 PM
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Default test with grasshoppers on nettle Re: was Urtica dioica (stingingnettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?

Nettles are the preferred food plant for some sorts of caterpillars,
including those of the Question Mark butterfly.

M. Reed

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Old 08-08-2007, 04:07 PM
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Default grasshoppers the likely intended victims of nettle Re: was Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?

And, you may find quite a few other plants feel stinging on the lips:
try Borage, and Green Alkanet, for example.

S


monique wrote:

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Old 08-08-2007, 06:29 PM
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Default test with grasshoppers on nettle Re: was Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?

In message <f9cltu$9lj$[Only registered users see links. ].edu>, monique
<[Only registered users see links. ].tamu.edu> writes

On this side of the pond the nettle is the food plant for the Peacock,
Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma, and a secondary food plant
for the Painted Lady.
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Old 08-09-2007, 06:01 AM
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Default test with grasshoppers on nettle Re: was Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) the plant that evolution created as a reaction to humanity?


a_plutonium wrote:


Goats eat stinging nettle like a teenager eats big macs from
McDonalds.
And my little finger is still "smarting" 9 hours later, from where
the nettle stung me
while feeding the goats.

I tried feeding sheep the same nettle and they refused.

I am going to see if goats eat "curly dock". If they do, I am going to
be forced to
find out what goats do not eat. Perhaps no plant is safe from goats.

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