A local walk and a sunny day and the hedgerows were full of Hedera helix (Ivy) in full flower. They are visited by late-season butterflies, hover flies, other types of flies, wasps, bumble bees, and the ivy bee (a bee that specialises on ivy).
Seeing these butterflies feeding and the camera lens almost catching the straw-like proboscis detail, I am reminded of the Spanish film – La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly tongues). Highly recommended!
Butterfly Conservation: Comma; Red Admiral;
They are not all the same – see On the tip of the butterfly’s tongue
For Film Buffs
Does Ivy kill trees?
3 thoughts on “Wildlife Wednesday: Butterfly bounty”
A Heineken fly – did you make that up!? 😀 I was looking for a beer can in your pics from which a fly is drinking…
No it’s real aka Rhingia campestris – has a long snout & can reach the parts other hoverflies can’t!
😀 Thanks for the link!
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