Late summer at Frog End has brought an abundance of wildlife and the insect lists for the garden are growing rapidly. Unfortunately, even longer is the list of species I've yet to identify.
Speckled woods are only absent at night and when it rains:
We had a wall brown a couple of weeks ago, taking the butterfly species count up to 18, of which we've seen 17 in 2010:
After a poor mid-summer the dragonflies are about again and so far this last week we've had a golden-ringed dragonfly (that refused to be photographed), a common darter:
and a migrant hawker:
This large hoverfly Volucella inanis seems to like the buddleia flowers:
and the goldenrod is covered with green shield bugs of all sizes and stages of development: