The beetle came back the next day, and was a bit more cooperative about facing in a direction where its head was visible
Delicate blue flowers, while the stems, leaves and buds are all hairy.
The beetle is possibly Chysolita polita, It now looks more likely that it is Agonum sexpunctatum. It is resting on a nettle leaf.
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.
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.
The conifers in the background of the first three pictures are lining the sides of the South Staffordshire Railway Walk.
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.
There was one single poppy visible in this wheat field. Across the road (next post, above) it looked like poppies were the crop.
The grass, with umbellifers and reeds around it, was growing in the marshy area where the Stourbridge canal peters out.
As the name indicates, the habits of this fly are less than salubrious. Here, however, it was just resting on a holly leaf.
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.
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.
Bee on a blackbery flower by the pond at Northycote Farm Country Park.
A mass of blooms on this clump of feverfew which was growing by the towpath of the Stourbridge canal.