Pollinators and ivy
Yesterday’s Country diary in the Guardian was all about ivy flowers. I have loads of mature English ivy (Hedera helix) on my trees and have recently heard a lot of insects buzzing around it when I’ve been pottering.
Today I decided to see if I could get any photos. I particularly wanted a photo of the ivy bee – and yes, one was low enough down for me to get it on camera!
The other bee I managed to get a photo of was a white-tailed bumble, which appeared to fall asleep for a while.
The ladybird was enjoying itself, too and would have been looking for aphids or other tiny insects.
This painted lady was on the ivy today
and the other day I spotted 3 red admirals on the ivy in one of my ditches:
This article from a couple of years ago, also in the Guardian, is about butterflies and ivy, and I hope you enjoy it: Lifestyle choice of the world’s most cosmopolitan butterfly
It’s worth having some mature ivy in your wildlife garden. See this link and enjoy: