Sipping Nectar

A Tortoiseshell Butterfly Sipping Nectar from a King Cup

A Tortoiseshell Butterfly Sipping Nectar from a Kingcup

Kingcups, one of the brightest bog and waterside flowers, are also known as Marsh Marigolds, Water Blobs, ‘Oss Blebs, Water Bubbles and Meadowbright.   These plants are wild and ancient, possibly pre-dating the last ice. They erupt into bloom in Spring and to the human eye they bring a welcome flurry of golden-yellow flowers above glossy green leaves. Each flower has a hidden UV pattern guiding insects to a rich source of nectar whilst also facilitating pollination.  Fresh from hibernation this Tortoiseshell butterfly was drifting from cup to cup sipping nectar along the way. In May Kingcups used to be strewn around the doorways of houses (and perhaps over thatched roofs) to bring good luck.

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2 thoughts on “Sipping Nectar

    1. We have flowers we call buttercups but they’re smaller and seem to grow just about anywhere in just about anything. Not as large or glossy as these but still very pretty. I visited your blog and its beautiful, what a lovely place to live 🙂

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