P. mylitta or P. campestris?
Along the high trail, these were flying upslope; passing through swarms of nectaring Sierran Percopids...
Looks to me like the typical Hemileuca hera? I thought that one was more in Oregon. Since it's so pretty, I'll just post it to bug guide and get their input.
Present in the thousands right after the sun emerged at 10 o'clock.
The local guide calls this the 'forget-me-not moth'.
This northern city(of 17,000) reportedly is a champion in the effort to 'reforest' Iceland. Supposedly, at first settlement there were extensive tracts of this 'Downey Birch'.
Other spots--especially in Reyjavik-most of the trees you see are foreign species. Black Cottonwood and Sitka Spruce are especially notable. Up here they've stuck pretty much to birch.
Broadly sown on poor soil; controversy sown on fertile ground. Indubitably effective, but not celebrated by all admirers of the spare Icelandic vista.
Large bees, visiting white clover along with similarly-sized B. lucorum.
This small bumblebee is evidently pretty new to Iceland, and 'found mainly in urban areas'...
That fits here: a fair sized town with a number of geothermal heated greenhouses. Most of these are used to cultivate flowers.
Got no pix; but I'm pretty sure I also saw one at Lake Myvatn-- a place mainly famous for ducks, fish and clouds of tiny dipterans.
I think B. lucorum.
In the local guide: 'Comastomia tenellum', or 'Slender Gentian'.
In the local guide: 'Arctic Alpine Fleabane'.
Another ubiquitous species; a reliable sign of boggy ground.
These tufts twisted into wicks in the old days acc'd to our guides.
Couldn't resist these variegated blossoms; I've added a more typical view.
Buttercups were everywhere along the Icelandic coast.