October was once ‘Gort’, the Pagan month of ivy. Our ancestors realised that ivy flowers – curious, greenish-white clusters that erupt at this time of year – are an important source of life when most other flowers have long since died back. Usually the blossom is alive with grateful hoverflies and other insects, making it a valuable garden plant. A common species to look for is Myathropa florea. It is also called the Batman hoverfly after the distinctive black markings on its thorax, or middle section.
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