Farewell Summer – Hello Autumn

The Autumn Equinox occured in the early hours of yesterday morning, so we are now truly in Autumn, but the weather has been very good to us. It’s sad to see the [Barn] Swallows go but they are doing just that now that there is a comfortable and convenient wind coming from the north west. If you stand along the shore of the sea you can see them fly past at head level. But the flowers or summer are still blooming, and here is an example:

Sunflowers and cosmos - sunflowers are particularly loved by finches when they go to seed in autumn.
Sunflowers and cosmos – sunflowers are particularly loved by finches when they go to seed in autumn as the seeds are packed with nourishment.

There are a lot of interesting insects on the wing right now, and last night I saw my first ever Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago) which came to the lights of a window:

The Forsted Orange is a stunning moth species.
The Forsted Orange is a stunning moth species.

And here it is in more detail:

The same Forsted Orange at rest.
The same Forsted Orange at rest.

There are also interesting beetles on the wing. There are especially handsome and heavy little dung beetles of the genus Aphodius. These are distant relatives of the Egyptian Scarab, and extremely slow moving, like little tanks.

An Aphodius dung beetle. they do tend to blunder into people when they fly about in the evening.
An Aphodius dung beetle. they do tend to blunder into people when they fly about in the evening.

Anyhow, as so many people are contacting me regarding spiders they are worried about I am going to do some dedicated posts to help with identification, and these posts will begin very shortly.

 

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