The larvae feed on sticky goose grass
, or bedstraw as it's sometimes known, and have colourful reddishbrown bodies with white dots.
And by that she means foraging for munchable plants and herbs on the suspiciously well-stocked canal bank near her home where, before you know it, she's got enough wild garlic, goose grass
, mustard leaf and dandelions to make a family-sized salad.
They are otherwise known as goose grass
, catchweed, catchy monkeys and various other things including, according to one encyclopaedia, "sticky willy".
We all knew the hips from dog roses could be opened and the seeds used as itching powder and we knew goose grass
and burdock could be stuck on some unsuspecting person's back.
This last weekend I spent an entire day engaged in manual labour chopping back yards of nettles, thistles, teazels, pampas grass, hawthorn, convolvulus and goose grass
, having afterwards to calm my screaming back muscles by lying prostrate on the patio tiles for a quarter of an hour.