Ivy at the end of October

As I look out of the window today, a blanket of grey cloud covers the sky and it has drizzled with rain non stop since I got up this morning. Totally different from yesterday.

Yesterday the sun shone all day and the wall of ivy in our garden was alive with the sound of buzzing insects.

Some of the insects I spotted were Noon fly, Hornet, wasp. honey bee, hoverfly and green bottle, as well as a red admiral and a small tortoiseshell butterfly.

Ivy is very important this time of year for many insects, the small yellow flowers provide valuable nectar for a great number of species.

As the Autumn turns to Winter the dark berries will provide food for many birds, such as blackbirds and thrushes, while the evergreen leaves provide shelter for small mammals and birds.

HornetHornet and Red admiralSmall TortoiseshellFlies on ivyIncoming wasp

It’s good to be back on my local patch, from my front garden I spotted the Little owl in its normal place and a Kestrel calling from the telegraph pole.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to Ivy at the end of October

  1. Ivy is fascinating to explore at this time of year. I saw a large ivy bush earlier this week with a very active wasp nest in the middle.
    The insect on the right in your picture 5 looks like it might be an ivy bee, what do you think?

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