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Nectaring Collection

Witness the enchanting dance of nature as various creatures indulge in the act of nectaring

Background imageNectaring Collection: RF - Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) nectaring on flower. North Tyrol, Austria

RF - Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) nectaring on flower. North Tyrol, Austria. June. Focus stacked image. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageNectaring Collection: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly - in flight, about to land and nectar on blossom

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly - in flight, about to land and nectar on blossom
TOM-1228 Giant Swallowtail Butterfly - in flight, about to land and nectar on blossom. North America Papilio cresphontes Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes

Background imageNectaring Collection: Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) queen nectaring on Comfrey (Symphytum Hidcote

Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) queen nectaring on Comfrey (Symphytum Hidcote Pink ) flowers. In garden, Surrey, England, UK. March

Background imageNectaring Collection: Mother of pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) moth nectaring on Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris) at night

Mother of pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) moth nectaring on Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris) at night. Surrey, England, UK. July

Background imageNectaring Collection: Large bee-fly (Bombylius major) nectaring on Lungwort (Pulmonaria sp). In garden, Surrey

Large bee-fly (Bombylius major) nectaring on Lungwort (Pulmonaria sp). In garden, Surrey, England, UK. March

Background imageNectaring Collection: Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) nectaring on Loofah (Luffa sp) flower

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) nectaring on Loofah (Luffa sp) flower. Xinjiang, China

Background imageNectaring Collection: Violet sabrewing hummingbird (Campylopterus hemileucurus) nectaring on Orchid. Costa Rica

Violet sabrewing hummingbird (Campylopterus hemileucurus) nectaring on Orchid. Costa Rica

Background imageNectaring Collection: Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) feeding on Ice plant (Sedum sp. )

Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) feeding on Ice plant (Sedum sp. )
Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) feeding on Ice plant (Sedum sp.). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September

Background imageNectaring Collection: Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines), male on Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis)

Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines), male on Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis). Brackagh Moss National Nature Reserve, Portadown, County Armagh, Republic of Ireland. May

Background imageNectaring Collection: Hummingbird Clearwing moth at Prairie Blazing Star, Effingham County, Illinois

Hummingbird Clearwing moth at Prairie Blazing Star, Effingham County, Illinois

Background imageNectaring Collection: Snowberry Clearwing at Prairie Blazing Star, Effingham County, Illinois

Snowberry Clearwing at Prairie Blazing Star, Effingham County, Illinois

Background imageNectaring Collection: Hummingbird Clearwing moth at Prairie Blazing Star, Effingham County, Illinois

Hummingbird Clearwing moth at Prairie Blazing Star, Effingham County, Illinois

Background imageNectaring Collection: RF - Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) nectaring on Verbena (Verbena sp)

RF - Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) nectaring on Verbena (Verbena sp). Cornwall, England, UK. September. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageNectaring Collection: Black-veined white (Aporia crataegi) butterfly pair, in flight and nectaring on Thistle

Black-veined white (Aporia crataegi) butterfly pair, in flight and nectaring on Thistle. Jyvaskyla, Central Finland. June

Background imageNectaring Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April

Background imageNectaring Collection: Butterflies and day flying moths feed from Loofah flower (Luffa cylindrica) and pick

Butterflies and day flying moths feed from Loofah flower (Luffa cylindrica) and pick up pollen on their legs, underside of thorax and antennae, South Sichuan Bamboo Sea, China

Background imageNectaring Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda). In garden. Surrey, England, UK. April

Background imageNectaring Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens). Green aphid (Aphidoidea) beneath flower. Surrey, England, UK. July

Background imageNectaring Collection: Cambridge vagrant butterfly (Nepheronia thalassina) nectaring on Lantana (Lantana camara)

Cambridge vagrant butterfly (Nepheronia thalassina) nectaring on Lantana (Lantana camara). Flowers turn from yellow to pink when no nectar is provided. In garden, Tanzania. Native to tropical Americas

Background imageNectaring Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers. Flowers turn pink when nectar no longer provided. In garden, Tanzania. Native to tropical Americas

Background imageNectaring Collection: Bumblebee (Bombus sp) queen feeding on Crocus (Crocus korolkowii), covered in pollen

Bumblebee (Bombus sp) queen feeding on Crocus (Crocus korolkowii), covered in pollen. Ansob Pass, Tajikistan. April

Background imageNectaring Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK. May

Background imageNectaring Collection: Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp) nectaring on Clary sage (Salvia sclarea)

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp) nectaring on Clary sage (Salvia sclarea). Pollen deposited on bees back by hanging anthers. Turkey. June

Background imageNectaring Collection: Ant (Formicidae) nectaring on Geraldton waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum)

Ant (Formicidae) nectaring on Geraldton waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum). Western Australia Botanic Garden, Kings Park, Perth, Australia. November

Background imageNectaring Collection: Austral blackbirds (Curaeus curaeus) and Austral thrush (Turdus falcklandii) nectaring

Austral blackbirds (Curaeus curaeus) and Austral thrush (Turdus falcklandii) nectaring on Blue puya (Puya berteroniana). Pollen transferred to birds heads during feeding. Parque Ingles, Chile

Background imageNectaring Collection: Southern double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus), male nectaring on Pincushion protea

Southern double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus), male nectaring on Pincushion protea (Leucospermum cordifolium). Cape, South Africa. August

Background imageNectaring Collection: Red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) nectaring on Grevillea (Grevillea preissii)

Red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) nectaring on Grevillea (Grevillea preissii). Western Australia Botanic Garden, Kings Park, Perth, Australia. November

Background imageNectaring Collection: Malachite sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) male nectaring on King protea (Protea cynaroides)

Malachite sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) male nectaring on King protea (Protea cynaroides). Cape Province, South Africa. August

Background imageNectaring Collection: Purple throated mountain gem hummingbird (Lampornis calolaemus) hovering as it nectars

Purple throated mountain gem hummingbird (Lampornis calolaemus) hovering as it nectars on Porterweed (Stachytarpheta frantzii). Costa Rica

Background imageNectaring Collection: Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) nectaring on Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)

Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) nectaring on Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria). RSPB Balranald Nature Reserve, North Uist; Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. July

Background imageNectaring Collection: Marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), group feeding on Marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre)

Marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), group feeding on Marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre). Lincolnshire, England, UK

Background imageNectaring Collection: Rivolis hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) nectaring on Fuchsia (Fuchsia sp) flower

Rivolis hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) nectaring on Fuchsia (Fuchsia sp) flower. Costa Rica

Background imageNectaring Collection: Leaf-nosed bat (Phyllostomidae sp) flying towards Banana (Musa sp) flower to feed

Leaf-nosed bat (Phyllostomidae sp) flying towards Banana (Musa sp) flower to feed. Costa Rica

Background imageNectaring Collection: Green-crowned brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula), three feeding on Lobster-claw (Heliconia

Green-crowned brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula), three feeding on Lobster-claw (Heliconia sp) flower in rain. Costa Rica

Background imageNectaring Collection: RF - Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) nectaring on Zinnia in farm garden

RF - Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) nectaring on Zinnia in farm garden, wild and free. Essex, Connecticut, USA

Background imageNectaring Collection: Chequered skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) nectaring on a thistle (Cirsium), Glasdrum

Chequered skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) nectaring on a thistle (Cirsium), Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve, near Oban, Argyll, Scotland, UK, June

Background imageNectaring Collection: Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardu) feeding on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardu) feeding on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August

Background imageNectaring Collection: Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) nectaring on thistle (Cirsium sp.) flower

Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) nectaring on thistle (Cirsium sp.) flower. The Netherlands. July

Background imageNectaring Collection: Zebra Heliconian feeding

Zebra Heliconian feeding

Background imageNectaring Collection: Red-bordered pixie butterfly feeding on garden flowers at National Butterfly Center, Mission, Texas

Red-bordered pixie butterfly feeding on garden flowers at National Butterfly Center, Mission, Texas

Background imageNectaring Collection: Julia Heliconian nectaring at lantana flowers

Julia Heliconian nectaring at lantana flowers

Background imageNectaring Collection: Isabella's Heliconian nectaring

Isabella's Heliconian nectaring

Background imageNectaring Collection: Common buckeye butterfly nectaring

Common buckeye butterfly nectaring

Background imageNectaring Collection: Brown longtail nectaring at lantana blooms

Brown longtail nectaring at lantana blooms

Background imageNectaring Collection: Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) nectaring on endemic Daisy tree (Scalesia villosa) flowers

Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) nectaring on endemic Daisy tree (Scalesia villosa) flowers. Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Background imageNectaring Collection: Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Desert passionflower (Passiflora palmeri)

Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Desert passionflower (Passiflora palmeri). Danzante Island, Loreto Bay National Park, Sea of Cortez, Mexico. May

Background imageNectaring Collection: An Enchanting Creature

An Enchanting Creature
Lucie Gagnon

Background imageNectaring Collection: Mexican violetear hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) feeding on pink wildflower

Mexican violetear hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) feeding on pink wildflower. Milpa Alta forest, outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico. September



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Witness the enchanting dance of nature as various creatures indulge in the act of nectaring. The majestic Apollo butterfly gracefully lands on a vibrant flower, its delicate wings shimmering under the North Tyrol sun. In flight, the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly hovers above a blossom, ready to descend and taste its sweet nectar. Under the cover of darkness, the Mother of Pearl moth emerges to sip from Ragwort's golden blooms, casting an ethereal glow upon this nocturnal scene. Meanwhile, a Garden bumblebee queen delicately sips from Comfrey's purple petals, her presence bringing life to this symphony of colors. On Floreana Island in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, a Queen butterfly finds solace amidst endemic Daisy tree flowers. Its graceful movements mirror those of the Western honeybee pollinating Desert passionflower on Danzante Island in Loreto Bay National Park. In Surrey's garden oasis, a Large bee-fly indulges itself with Lungwort's nectar while hummingbird hawk-moths flutter their wings as they feast upon Loofah flowers' sweetness. A Violet sabrewing hummingbird delicately perches on an Orchid in Costa Rica - a breathtaking sight that showcases nature's artistry. The Small tortoiseshell butterfly finds sustenance within Ice plant petals while Mexican giant cardon cacti bloom majestically along Mexico's Sea of Cortez coastline. These enchanting creatures remind us that there is beauty and harmony in every corner of our world if we take time to appreciate it.