Berries #2

berries (1)

English ivy (Hedera helix)

it is hailed as one of the best plants for wildlife. Its evergreen, waxy foliage provides shelter for birds to nest and insects to hibernate, and it also provides food for caterpillars of the holly blue butterfly and the double-striped pug, swallow-tailed and yellow-barred brindle moths.ย Calorie-rich ivy berries are loved by birds, including the song thrush, mistle thrush, redwing, blackbird and blackcap.



10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I have to confess I wouldn’t recognise any of those moths but I am fond of ivy!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m not a fan of moths, especially those big ones that flutter around a lamp and keep banging into you!

  2. Lovely image, Jude. Now for some reason, I have “The Holly and the Ivy” playing in my head. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒฒโ˜ƒ

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sorry about that!

  3. Lovely frosted image Jude ๐Ÿ™‚ Ivy is one of our latest flowering plants at the end of autumn so it’s really important for the bees, hoverflies, hornets and butterflies that are still out and about ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sherri says:

    Such pretty ivy…and you certainly know your moths Jude! I’m fine with them, so long as they stay outside ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t know them either! But I do like the blue butterfly ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Sherri says:

        Yes, me too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh no! I pulled all mine up!

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