Buzzing blos­som

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild October -

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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