Autumn flora, with bonus insects

In Nature, Umbria
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The original idea for this post was to catalogue each kind of flowers encountered on a walk around the neighbourhood in early autumn. Happily, I also managed to record some of the insect visitors to the aforesaid plants. The (surprisingly diverse) results are presented below in a fairly random order. Unfortunately, I’m no botanist and most of the flora identities remain an attractive mystery to me. I’ll update the captions as my knowledge improves.

Male common blue. What a stunner, seriously.

Very battered female common blue

Large wall brown, living up to its name

Wall (brown)

7-spot ladybird

Striped shield bug — a true “bug” in the zoological sense

Honey bee

Autumn hawkbit


Flowering mint

Attractive hover fly

Common carder (bumble)bee

Common chicory


  1. Wow Chris! I am a botanist and could probably name most of the plants you photographed but… Names are not so important ☺️
    Your stunning pictures gave me a whole new perspective, right into the heart of my beloved wild flowers. Nature IS wonderful
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks very much Manuela, so glad you enjoyed the post. I agree – names are mere details but the beauty of the plants speaks for itself.

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