This tiny solitary bee was nectaring alongside an even smaller Empid fly on Common Catsear:
|Solitary bee and Empid on Common Catsear|
Notice the very thin and upturned ovipositor on this tiny Ichneumonid on Marsh Ragwort:
|Ichneumonid on Marsh Ragwort|
Quite a few insects are reaching the end of their season and will either die soon or hibernate. This is the hoverfly Helophilus pendulus which has been quite scarce here this year:
|Helophilus pendulus on Devilsbit Scabious|
And there are still a few Common Carder Bumblebees around:
|Bombus pascuorum on Devilsbit Scabious|
I've seen a few Small Tortoiseshell butterflies flying around the garden this week. This one nectared on Knapweed for a while and then posed perfectly for its portrait:
|Small Tortoiseshell butterfly|
This is a first for me:
|The Stonefly Leuctra fusca|
I always check the front lights for moths at night, and I spotted this Lesser Crane Fly. Those legs look almost ridiculously long.
|Lesser Cranefly attracted to light|
The proposed fungal foray to Ards in about 2 hours' time hasn't quite been called off yet. But it's going to be close.....