This post is especially for those who enjoy seeing wildlife photos from my garden. It is also quite a contrast from frost in the previous post. I am delighted that today I finally managed to get photos of the Red Admiral butterfly visiting the plants in my garden around 12.30pm when it was warm and sunny. These photos finally make a complete set of the butterflies that I have seen visit this year. We have had many Small Tortoiseshells, a number of Peacocks and a few Painted Ladies.
The butterflies are definitely looking like sunbathers at the moment. I have seen them sitting in the sunshine on window sills, rocks, stone edging and gravel paths for long periods of time. They are also thoroughly enjoying the flowers of my Verbena Bonariensis, Nepata and Cirsium.
The Red Admiral can be seen on the Vebena flowers in the first photos shown above followed by the Small Tortoiseshell on a rock.
What can I say about the bees? It is only recently by taking photos of them and have come to appreciate quite how pretty they are. I have to be honest though and say that I am not sure what type of bees I have photos of. Although now, I am definitely interested in finding out so I will contact the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and ask them.
Update 24th October - Thank-you Gillian, from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, for identifying the bee in my photo above as a queen buff-tailed bumblebee. I would never have guessed that a queen is out and about at this time of year.
The photos of the Red Admiral Butterfly were taken in my garden on October 18th 2007. All other photos were taken in my garden on October 17th 2007.