A Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) on Osteospermum jucundum
Only last week, we had all pretty much resigned ourselves to pack away the summer wardrobe and search the loft for our winter coats and snow boots. Perhaps even contemplated turning on the heating?
This week was a really mixed bag when it came to the weather but in between the heavy rain and the howling winds, there were some glorious warm and sunny days.
And this spell of good weather couldn't have been better timed as we were due to record vegetation density and flying insect visitors on the plots. All this time spent recording provided us with the perfect opportunity to have a proper nosey at what our bugs were up to. They didn't disappoint...
A Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) on Eupatorium cannabinum
A rose sawfly larva, momentarily disturbed from chomping on our Rosa rubiginosa!
Mating orb web spiders (above) and robber flies (below)
Here's hoping for a few more days like this before we need to dust of the winter wardrobe!