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Red admiral

Red admiral butterfly

Pollen-loving insects seem to have been particularly attracted to sedums this year.

Here, a red admiral takes some nectar as it warms up in the morning sun.

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Little Japanese umbrella

Mushroom

A brief shower yesterday evening was enough to encourage some mushrooms to come up after the recent dry spell.

This Coprinus plicatilis was peeping up through the grass of a somewhat overgrown lawn.
The Little Japanese umbrella is a common mushroom, but easily overlooked because it is so small and delicate.

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Heron

Heron

This grey heron is a youngster: the black feathers on the head are just beginning to show signs of becoming the adult crest. Recently, it has seemed to prefer to fish just downstream of the Wightwick Mill lock on the Staffs and Worcs canal.

Lots of activity from dog-walkers, joggers, walkers and a steady stream of narrowboats, but the bird was still fishing from the towpath bank until someone came that little bit too close.

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Garden spider

Cross spider

Also known from the markings as the cross spider. The ones with the webs, such as this one, are the females. The males are smaller.

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Hoverfly

Hoverfly

By the side of the Staffs and Worcs canal, on a stretch where the bush by the towpath is a mass of ivy. A crowd of different species of hoverflies and bees were practically queuing up to get on the sun-warmed flowers. This helophilus pendulus individual lingered longer on the flowers, giving a chance to grab a clear picture when the breeze dropped.

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Dragonfly

Dragonfly

This dragonfly was spending its time resting in the sun by the pool in the garden of Wightwick Manor.

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Alchemilla mollis after rain

Alchemilla mollis after rain

Raindrops form tiny lenses on these leaves in the Dutch Garden at Bantock House.
Alchemilla mollis after rain

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Bee resting on a leaf

Bee resting on a leaf

Don’t the eyes look huge?

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Fly visiting buttercup

Fly visiting buttercup

Fly feeding on a buttercup, engaging in acrobatics to get at the nectar.