Butterfly of the day

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Everywhere I’ve been today, there have been multiple fresh Speckled Wood butterflies flitting about. This species goes through two or three generations a year, depending on location and on the weather, and can be seen on the wing any time … Continued

Bright

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Someone told me today that I was looking in the wrong place for dragonflies. I really try quite hard not to sound like a complete smartarse, especially when talking to civilians, but I confess that a snippy response almost emerged … Continued

Slimbridge

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It seemed too long since I’d been at Slimbridge (seven months, according to my photo files), and as I figured that they’d now had plenty of time to work out their anti-Covid measures, I thought it was safe to take … Continued

Shabby

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Another Thursday, another visit to Croome with R, and another Migrant Hawker. He’s not as well posed as the one I blipped on Tuesday, but I can hardly blame him for that. He’s also pretty shabby, and so is the … Continued

Fun guys

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R suggested to me this afternoon that it might be an idea if I stopped grumping around the house, and went out for some fresh air and exercise – advice that I used to receive quite often when I was … Continued

Rainbow Hawker

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I had my hair cut today, for the first time in eight months. My lovely hairdresser, who was just down the road in Broadway when we first began our relationship a quarter of a century ago, has been moving steadily … Continued

Spotlit

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I sent a few hours today at Croome, where it was hot and sunny, and lots of people were sitting around the lake – some with picnics – as we would all have liked to do during August if the … Continued

Ladybubble

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I think that all the gnashing of teeth and throwing of pinnies over heads that’s happened in recent years about the demise of the 7-spot ladybird may have been premature. It was feared that the introduced Harlequin, whose larvae are … Continued

Golden hour

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I went over to Trench Wood early this afternoon, timing my arrival for the point at which I thought the morning crowd would have gone home for lunch. It certainly wasn’t crowded – though I only got a parking spot … Continued

Spider of the month

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It’s that time of year again. They’re out there, lurking, waiting to pounce on the unwary. If this thought makes you feel at all uncomfortable, be thankful that I spared you the photos of her juicing a freshly-caught fly. And … Continued