Leaf beetle

Leaf beetle

The beetle is possibly Chysolita polita, It now looks more likely that it is Agonum sexpunctatum. It is resting on a nettle leaf.

Leaf beetle

Minute stickweed flower

Stickweed flowering

The stickweed flowers were so small they were easy to overlook, and best seen with a magnifying glass. The hooked spines on the leaves and stems can also be made out in this picture.

Mass of poppies in two adjoining fields

Mass of poppies in a field

The two fields separating Himley from Wall Heath as seen from the A449 earlier this month. It really looked like poppies were the main crop.

Mass of poppies in a field

The conifers in the background of the first three pictures are lining the sides of the South Staffordshire Railway Walk.

Mass of poppies in a field

Mass of poppies in a field

The field nearer Wall Heath looked really spectacular from the top deck of bus 256. There wasn’t a line of sight on the ground to duplicate the view.

Mass of poppies in a field

Grass flowering

Grass flowering

The grass, with umbellifers and reeds around it, was growing in the marshy area where the Stourbridge canal peters out.

Flesh fly

Flesh fly

As the name indicates, the habits of this fly are less than salubrious. Here, however, it was just resting on a holly leaf.

Eyed ladybird cleaning

A ladybird cleaning its legs and mouth parts. A couple of aphids also walk insouciantly by.

The ladybird is not the twelve spot species claimed in the closing titles of the video: corrected identification is as the title says.

Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle

Supposedly a common wild plant. This was on the edge of a small patch of them in Fens Pool LNR in Pensnett, the first ones I was ever aware of seeing.