A painted lady visits one of the last cosmos blooms.
This hoverfly is about to land on ivy pods–it beats its wings about 130 times per second compared to a honey bee at 230 times per second.

The ivy has been worked over by bees and hoverflies while flowers are having their last go-around of blooms–it is autumn on the Central California coast. Yesterday, I took a few closeups of what has been a common scene for the past month but not for much longer.

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