A ‘fresh’, overcast, damp and foggy late October morning in Woodley, Berkshire, and the bushes and hedgerows were full of dew-covered spider webs, although very few with a resident arachnid.
All the old favourites were fluttering around the Butterfly Park, or just hanging around in some cases like the Attacus atlas and Samia ricini, mainly because, being moths, they are nocturnally active.
Owl butterflies, amongst others, are partial to rotting or fermenting fruit, grapes and bananas being amongst the favourites. Quite an intense aroma!
This first caterpillar, Hipolimnas bolina, was munching its way along a large leaf at quite a rate of knots. Looks quite fearsome close up.
We are experiencing a bit of a heatwave in Andalucia at the moment, with temperatures of 40 degrees and above, so a short wander meant I was aarding like a sweatvark within a few minutes. Most of the birds were, of course, being sensible and remaining in shaded areas.
A group of smaller bees were using a flower as a sort of heliport while a huge Carpenter Bee was getting its belly covered in pollen as it flitted from one bloom to another.
They are the B52’s of the bee world, big and noisy, but quite harmless…fortunately. This lone Carpenter Bee was going from flower to flower collecting nectar.
Many of the riverside flowers were hosting a bug, or a bee.
A few more pics from the Butterfly Park, starting with this rather nice yellow specimen relaxing on the trunk of a tree.