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last vestige of summer?

It is the middle of October and the equinox is approaching rapidly but the daytime temperatures haven’t fallen below 100 centigrade yet. Nevertheless it was surprising to see a small tortoiseshell flying around the house this last couple of days - presumably a bit warmer inside. I suppose this one will attempt to hibernate over the winter.

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Meanwhile outside this pair had obviously decided it wasn’t time to hibernate yet either. The small one in the first picture (and lower in the second) is probably a strawberry snail, eater of lettuce patches, whilst the other is possibly a copse snail.
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