Last days of summer for pollinators

As autumn makes it’s fast progress, it is the final chance for our pollinators to make the best of the last flowers. Some are battered and bruised from their long season; others (like the new queens bees)  are building up their resources to get them through the winter, hidden away in quiet and neglected corners of your garden.

 

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18 thoughts on “Last days of summer for pollinators

  1. Jane

    Hadn’t realised that there might be more than one type of hoverfly nor that bees can become so faded – how stoic to keep going. Fantastic picture of the green veined white – the detail is immaculate. Thank you indeed.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Here in Ireland we have over 180 species of hoverflies – some very small and obscure, some bee mimics like this one, lots and lots of variety.

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  2. Karuna

    I love seeing the Echinacea flowers in your posts. I planted three Echinacea plants in my garden recently. I hope they attract bees and butterflies. There was one butterfly in my garden this year. It was the first one I have seen in years.

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  3. navasolanature

    Lovely to see your echinacea so attracting so many. Some of mine survived the heat. Is it a kind of knapweed you have in the photos too. All looks lively but I guess now it’s cooled down. Here it has changed from heat to what I would call a pleasant UK summer with lots of sun!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes, it’s knapweed. It has cooled down, but still unseasonably warm for Ireland in September. One or two bees still about, but very few now.

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