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