Enjoying the gorgeous dry autumn weather in the garden today (30/10/2016). We still have a Red Admiral butterfly feeding on the yellow-flowered Buddleia. Most of the Red Admirals, according to the books, should be making a more southerly migration to S Europe as the weather cools down. They are not able to survive the winter up here. We also saw a few bumblebees still out feeding on Fuchsia and Buddleia flowers, includiing the Common Carder and a Buff tail Bumblebees. Ivy flowering along the Church Road has been a magnet for Hoverflies and wasps - the late flowering ivy flowers make them a useful nectar source for insects in the autumn.
Trefor and Jane in Kinnaird were lucky enough to see a Comma butterfly on Bramble flowers in their garden about 3 weeks ago.
We noticed that there were still one or two bumblebees on a yellow Buddleia in our garden today, 6th November 2016, despite overnight temperatures being 1 or 2 degrees C for the last 6 nights. No butterflies seen thoug!