Rather few bees up here, but many flies... pollinators?
Different individual on the buttercup, but I guess the same species.
Caraway flavors their iconic liquor 'Brennivin'-- the 'Black Death'.
They call it 'Northern Grass of Parnassius'. While it's not really grassy, I like the poetry of this common name.
I see our database prefers 'marsh grass of parnassus'. I think 'northern' superior in two ways:
1. Parnassus is a mountain, not a marsh. So what if this species prefers a humid substrate: we do not mix metaphors.
2. Found in the high-latitudes.
On rock at sea's edge.
On a lichen and moss encrusted rock at the sea's edge.
A clear favorite of the bumblebee.
Everywhere we went. Another food plant thought to perfume the rendered flesh of local lamb.
Icelanders think that their lamb/mutton are flavored by the animals eating several local plants: Crowberries for one. These taste vaguely like blueberries; I can't tell you about the lamb..
Actually on rocks 1/2 from Dijupivogur to Papey.
We encountered about 40 of these; possibly two Pods checking each other out.
Location only approximate: hadn't thought I'd post this...
On a granite boulder next to the trail; now sagged down the slope and tipped to a 35 degree angle. I presume an old grinding stone.