Spotted and corrugated mushroom

Beautiful demoiselle male

The mottled pattern near the apex of the cap may be the remnants of a veil. The radial corrugated stripes are unusual. This mushroom was growing unnoticed in one of the large plant boxes on the platform of Birmingham International railway station.

Beautiful demoiselles – series 3

Beautiful demoiselle male

There are three or four different individuals represented in this series of pictures.

Beautiful demoiselle male

Beautiful demoiselle male

Beautiful demoiselle male

Beautiful demoiselle male

Beautiful demoiselle male

A mayfly

Mayfly

Seen fluttering near streams in, surprise, May. At the very end of that month, this one landed on the protective glass on Wye bridge, Hereford.

Mayfly

Mayfly

Beautiful demoiselles, series 2

Male beautiful demoiselle damsel fly by river Wye, Castle Green, Hereford

These, too, are pictures of males.They were two of several on or over a patch of grass leading down to the river Wye from Castle Green in the middle of Hereford.

Male beautiful demoiselle damsel fly by river Wye, Castle Green, Hereford

Male beautiful demoiselle damsel fly by river Wye, Castle Green, Hereford

Beautiful demoiselle

Beautiful demoiselle

Privet flowers

Privet flowers

These inconspicuous buds will later develop into privet flowers.

Privet flowers

Beautiful Demoiselle series 1: Hampton in Arden

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful demoiselles are damsel flies which can be common near water in the spring. Because they are relatively weak fliers, they can be pictured resting on vegetation, often in bright light.

Beautiful Demoiselle

Two individuals are pictured in this series of pictures. Both are males. The males have a bright shiny turquoise or electric blue body, with wings which can vary in colour from pale brown to a brown so dark it approaches black; or wings similar in colour to the body. Females have a green body.

Beautiful Demoiselle

These two were both spending most of their time warming up shortly after they first appeared for the day, just before noon on one of the hot days at the end of May. They were in the woods near the river Blythe in the Marsh Lane LNR, Hampton in Arden.

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Bracket fungus on a tree stump

Bracket fungus on a tree stump

Spotted growing on a tree stump in a pub garden. Quite possibly the reason the tree needed to be cut down in the first place.

Bracket fungus on a tree stump

Flowering nettle with small ladybird

Flowering nettle with small ladybird

A tiny ladybird, yellow-spotted on a black background, was clinging to the underside of one of the leaves of this flowering nettle.

Mahonia buds

Mahonia

Cultivated ornamental species.

Shropshire scene

Shropshire scene

A tractor adds colour to this view of the tower and spire of Worfield church emerging from the surrounding trees.

Elderflower close-up

Elderflower close-up

They look almost good enough to eat: supposedly this is possible once they have been cooked to break down an unpleasant alkaloid they contain. I haven’t tried it.

Bumble bee on gorse flowers

Bumble bee on gorse flowers

This bee was one of many insects attracted to the gorse bush in the Dutch Garden at Bantock Park on a warm midday.