The coral mums are attracting a lot of insect action. Some visitors may be looking for nectar and some may be attracted to the deteriorating plants.
Ailanthus webworm moth
The mums are beautiful from a distance, but many flowers are past their prime.
A honey bee of some sort coming for nectar.
Spotted cucumber beetle
This hover fly appeared to be mostly dead and the fly was checking out both the flower and the insect.
Below are other creatures I saw on the mums yesterday.
Above are various flies and moths that I captured in pictures on the mums. Some were too small or fast moving to catch. There was one giant bumble bee near the geraniums that moved to quickly to catch in a photo.
I noticed that there were tiny insects on the nasturtium flowers, too. The nasturtiums have really been beautiful this fall.
I took a little time yesterday to use twisty ties to attach the raspberry vines to the fence. Earlier in the summer I cut off this years vines when they had finished producing fruit. Now the vines that grew this year will have raspberries next year.
In early October I noticed a lot of aphids on the swamp milkweed plants. I wondered what predator would come to feast on them.
Yesterday I saw a half dozen lady bugs running up and down the branches of the milkweed, without an aphid in sight. I love it when these beneficial insects take care of the problem with no cost to me or harm to the environment.
I will throw in a picture from a walk at the Little Red Schoolhouse path in the forest preserve last week.
The yellow and orange leaves of this sassafras tree caught my attention. There was a little stand of sassafras trees, which is not that common in this neck of the woods.
Back to another week of work, but I really enjoyed getting out in the autumn colors this weekend!