Members Update 3rd November

“Dear Mike and Jenny.

It Is amazing just how much is still flowering in the garden; I have plenty of salvias doing well.  This autumn has reminded me how important ivy is as a late food source, nearby the flowers have been alive with different bees including lots of a small furry bodied one with black and yellow striped abdomen, my FSC identity chart tells me they are ivy mining bees.  I noticed this large bush cricket on a leaf, I think it is a dark bush cricket – photo attached.  A neighbour has had a patch of the earthstars as in the photo, we assumed they had been brought in on some wood chippings.     Hope all is well with you.     Regards,     Mary”