|An Eristalis sp. hoverfly - there were loads of these about.|
|Clockwise from top left: Honey bee, an extremely tiny unknown hoverfly, |
an unknown solitary bee and an Eristalis hoverfly.
|Dock Bugs (Coreus marginatus) are still around, although I'm a bit unsure as to where it's |
hiding its head as its antennae appear to be coming from under the seed head!
|Droplet hanging off one of the flowers turned seed head.|
As usual, where there are flying insects there are spiders.......
|Suitor no. 1 in the middle didn't get lucky - he's a bit stuck in the web. This doesn't seem to |
be putting off suitor no. 2 on the left. I think these are Metellina segmenta and as you can see,
the female is quite different from the males.
|'Ivy Tree' growing over an old tree stump which we cut off about 5 foot high.|
It was just as well I hadn't totted up my 2014 garden butterfly count as on 30th October I finally saw a Small Copper butterfly, but just like the dragonfly photo here, as I was creeping closer and closer trying to get better close up photos, both insects flew off - due to cats suddenly appearing and wandering past them! Aaarrggh!
I've still seen some butterflies this month but only on the sunny days, including a Clouded Yellow in the middle of the month, and another Western Willow Spreadwing (a damselfly) on the 11th November, which is quite amazing.
|Very end of October - a Speckled Wood on the left, a Ruddy Darter (I think) |
top right and a Small Copper bottom right.
|The pond level kept getting higher and higher and finally submerged |
the wildflowers that grew in the pond bed during the summer months.
|"We want to go in the veg patch!"|
|Or maybe not - they suddenly realised Bertie was in there |
creeping up on them on the other side of the fence!
|A few starlings zoomed in on - so many of them around right now.|
I hadn't noticed the one bottom left so I didn't chop him off on purpose!
|Harry sunning himself in what at that time remained of the pond bed. (It's full again now)|
Of late I've been busy going to the hospital five days a week - but at least I'm getting out and about because the countryside is looking glorious. Mid November seems to be the optimum time for great autumn colour and this year seems particularly magnificent. I think that with the rain coming just in time after the dry September and then mild weather with only one frost and no other cold nights since then has helped. I can't get photos as we are driving along main roads so it's impossible to stop (not that I have a camera with me or really the inclination or time to take photos), but it makes what could be a monotonous journey rather enjoyable. I've had to content myself with taking photos at home, and did get a bunch more photos a few days ago. There are still quite a few flowers left and the occasional bees and hoverflies making the most of them, and fungi springing up all over the lawn. There's always something interesting when you stop to take a little time to look. And I'm making sure I get fresh air and a good walk around every day no matter how grotty I'm feeling!