In my next photo you can see two Gatekeepers side-by-side. One was a lot bigger than the other, and they had different markings. I have learned that the smaller male butterfly has black bars on its forewings (lower left), whereas the larger female has plainer forewings (upper right).
The flowering Oregano is a veritable bee-magnet. Almost every flower-stem seems to have a bee permanently perched on it!
Most of the photos in this sequence are of the White-tailed Bumble Bee, but I have also seen Red-tailed and Buff-tailed ones. This is evidently a Red-tailed one:
Here's a bee and a Gatekeeper on the same flower.
This is a type of Hoverfly that I see quite frequently. I think it is the Banded Hoverfly Volucella Zonaria.
This is a very small bee of some sort. I don't know what type it is. Oh, and you can see a couple of Pollen Beetles too. They are everywhere at this time of year.
Here he is again... (same bee, different flower).
Making a change from insects, here's a rare sighting of the shy Nuthatch. It's a poor photo, taken at full zoom, through glass on a rainy day, but you have to seize opportunities like this whenever they arise!