With all the warmth and the rain this year, the flowers have grown thickly. Asters and the sedums have bloomed later than usual, however, but now in the current warm dryness, the butterflies and bees are finally arriving for a bit of the nourishment they need to prepare for cold weather. Bees, butterflies and other winged creatures have been in the back 40 and the side 20 (yards, that is, not acres). I may not have room for cows or sheep or a goat, but the hoards of insects and other small ones make good use of it. And I suppose they are much easier to take care of! ;) So here is the red admiral, Vanessa atalanta, on Sedum, the cultivar of which I believe is 'Autumn Joy'. I would guess that the blurry blob to the right is a honeybee, for there were dozens buzzing around on each flowering stalk.
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