Monday, 13 October 2014

Escallonia

It never occurred to us when we planted a short section of escallonia hedging at the front of the garden that it would become a focus for insects during any late autumn or early winter fine weather.  This afternoon, the flowers were feeding three red admirals - we don't recall ever before seeing more than one red admiral at a time....

....a moth which may be a silver Y, as well as....

 ....countless bumblebees and honey bees, and....

....several species of fly, mostly hover flies.

We are enjoying a most unusual run of good weather.  Other than last weekend's southeasterly gale and a few grey days in September, we've had good weather for some six weeks.  As one local put it when this was remarked upon, "Aye, but we'll pay for it!"

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