Here is part two, hot on the heels of Part One, let’s keep it linear eh? Along with the buzzing things enjoying the ivy there were also some red admiral butterflies.
Some of these butterflies have migrated from continental Europe and even North Africa. The eggs laid by these late arrivals produce butterflies that can be seen in our gardens through to November. The late flowering ivy is therefore an important food source for them.
The main larval food plants are nettles, so if you want lots of red admirals flitting around your garden, leave a little wild patch of nettles and something for the ivy to grow up. They have been known to hibernate during winter in the south of England, though the sensible ones will attempt to migrate back to sunnier climes.
There were five red admiral butterflies on the ivy at any given time, but they did not position themselves well for a group photo.
Stuck for something to do for three and a half minutes? You can watch my video of a red admiral feeding on the ivy here.