The days shorten and the sun rides a little lower in the sky.
The Small Copper butterflies are finishing the season with a flourish. I saw about ten of them in Barnes Wood today.
The summer plants are still looking good. I discovered a patch of Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
I also saw a female Brimstone among the knapweed (Centaurea nigra) and common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica).
The white butterflies are making a comeback too. This Large White sat quite happily as I watched it nectaring.
Common Blue numbers have been down in Barnes this year but a few still venture out.
It was really good to see a Red Admiral in the Sunshine. This one stubbornly kept its wings upright though.
The new queen bumblebees are feeding up before beginning their long hibernation. It will be March or April before I see these again. This one may be Bombus Hypnorum.
Here is a testament to the resilience and hardiness of plants. This little Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) plant growing on nutrient poor soil still managed to produce a flower spike. This plant is at most 7-8 centimetres tall and can be contrasted with the perforate St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)growing next to it.
Finally, toward the end of summer with a multitude of rose hips, these I believe are Dog Rose (Rosa canina) hips.
A bull rush (Typha latifolia) or is that reed mace?
One of my (better) photographs of an unknown dragonfly.
And a Ruddy Darter dragonfly (if only it were in ruddy focus!)
"Thats all folks".