Lichen growing through moss

Lichen growing through moss

This tall lichen was growing at a shady spot in the RSPB Coombes Valley Reserve.

Fly with red eyes

Fly with red eyes

This fly has huge red eyes. There is also a golden tinge to its wings and abdomen.

Fly

Thistle flower with long tailed insects

Thistle flower with long tailed insects

There are two tiny insects with very long tails feeding on this thistle flower.

Vase plant flower

Vase plant flower

The flowers are the blue structures and the brighter red structures. The pink “petals” at covers of the flower bud. This is yet another plant from the Conservatory at West Park.

Unripe damsons

Unripe damsons

These fruit have swollen pretty much to full size, but have not yet begun to change colour.

Black headed gulls feeding on a golf course

Black headed gulls feeding on a golf course

These gulls were busily feeding on short grass by a lake next to a golf course, but when someone came along they took flight instantly.

Black headed gulls feeding on a golf course

Swan cleaning itself

Swan cleaning itself

A swan paying attention to its wing feathers.

Swan cleaning itself

Swan cleaning itself

Female banded agrion damselfly

Female banded agrion damselfly

A damselfly with a metallic green body and almost transparent green wings. This female kept shuffling her position slightly as she rested on a reed leaf near the Packhorse Bridge in Marsh Lane NLR, Hampton in Arden.

Female banded agrion damselfly

Female banded agrion damselfly

Female banded agrion damselfly

Water snails

Water snail

Snails on the small pond at the Coombes Valley RSPB Reserve in Staffordshire.

Water snail

There is also a water boatman towards the right in the picture below.

Water snail and water boatman

Comma butterflies

Comma butterfly

Two commas in the Marsh Lane LNR, Hampton in Arden, at the start of July.

Comma butterfly

Hoverfly on a buddleia

Hoverfly on a buddleja

A butterfly bush doesn’t just attract butterflies.

Unripe holly berries

Unripe holly berries

Holly berries starting off a matching green to the leaves, before turning a contrasting red in midwinter.

Unripe holly berries