Drone-flies and a peacock share the last nectar of the year. Last week we had 3 days of midday sunshine here at work, I took this the same day as the tipsy hornets.
The peacock looks a bit weather beaten, but it is still there, in mid November.
You guessed right, it is over now. Well almost..
A little information for Kate and all of you who like butterflies.
Some live only a week or ten days. Others, like the peacock here, actually hibernate in all sorts of well protected cavities, only showing their well camouflaged underside. They might live in your cellar or attic. We actuallly have some in our cellar. They will come back to life after the February frosts and re -emerge, feeding on sap and the first nectar. Now in autumn they also go for rotting grapes and apples. And the last peacocks of this year will die only after the new generation has emerged. The caterpillars feed on stingy nettles which I strongly approve of .
many thanks again for your kind comments regarding the frosty winter images. I have submitted the image to the ongoing competition...