The last mild, sunny days of autumn are bringing out scores of insects. Standing under a large flowering ivy today the sound of buzzing bees, bluebottles, droneflies and wasps was extraordinary, especially given that November is only a couple of days away. Yesterday, six red admirals sunnied and gorged themselves on the ivy blossom. They are charging batteries before their migration to South Europe and North Africa.
Red Admiral and passing droneflies on ivy
A green shieldbug, Palomena prasina, climbing a tree.
Today, a queen Bombus hypnorum fed on lavender flowers.
A female Araneus diadematus spider sat proudly on her silky egg cocoon.
Honeybees on ivy flowers
Dozens of harlequins and 7 spot ladybirds flew about landing on a sunny wall and leaving again.