• Swan Family, Droitwich Canal, Saltway, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire 25 July 2017

    ...will advance in single file! The mute swan (Cygnus olor) family out for a cruise on the canal.

  • Mating Garden Snails, Upper Cwmbran 29 July 2017

    Two garden snails (Helix aspersa) shamelessly fornicating on our front step. On picking them up to put across the road into a hedge, they were locked together in a passionate embrace.

  • Girdled Snail, Upper Cwmbran 29 July 2017

    A girdled snail (Hygromia cinctella) crawling up an old bakestone in our garden.

  • Wasp Mimic Moth, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Five Locks, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran 30 July 2017

    I suspect this may be one of the wasp mimic moths, but cannot pin it down. Or it could be an actual wasp which again, I cannot pin down. Seen at the edge of the canal.

  • Moorhen Cwtch, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Bevan's Lane, Pontrhydyrun, Cwmbran 30 July 2017

    This moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) was giving her chicks a "cwtch" (cuddle). As I fired the shutter, one chick scrambled down the side of the nest.

  • Grey Heron, Bridge 56, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Pontypool 30 July 2017

    A grey heron (Ardea cinerea) wondering whether to cross the stile into the field, or carry on under Bridge 56 along National Cycle Route 49. Fly, it's quicker!

  • Spider, Helston, Cornwall 31 July 2017

    A visitor to our room last night, can't confirm what species it is.

  • Satanic Sheep, The Lizard, Cornwall 2 August 2017

    A decidedly demonic looking sheep on The Lizard.

  • Red Admirals, The Homestead Woodland Garden, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    A pair of red admirals (Vanessa atalanta) demonstrating the bright upper wing colouring and the drab lower wing colours.

  • Speckled Wood Butterfly, The Homestead Woodland Garden, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    A speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegaria) basking in the sun.

  • Passion Flower & Bee, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    A bee assisting a passion flower, or passiflora, in its reproductive cycle at the Minack Theatre. The passion flower is imbued with religious symbolism, the elements of the passion of Christ: the lacy crown—the crown of thorns; the five stamens—the five…

  • Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    Shades of blue... at the Minack Theatre, part of the rich display of sub tropical plants there.

  • Succulents Display, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    A novel way of displaying succulents; a box of them hung vertically on the toilet block wall.

  • Bloody-nosed Beetle, South West Coastal Path, Minack Point, Porthcurno, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    The bloody-nosed beetle's (Timarcha tenebricosa) name is derived from its defence mechanism of exuding a drop of bright red, bitter tasting fluid from its mouth and a body joint to deter predators in an action referred to as reflex bleeding".

  • Moorhen & Chick, Greenhill Road, Forgehammer, Cwmbran 7 August 2017

    A moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) preening itself on the canal bank by the second lock in a flight of (originally) three. The chick looks bored. In the army we had a joke "action in case of nuclear release: crouch down, place your head between your legs, a…

  • Common Lizards, Mineslope, Blaen Bran, Upper Cwmbran 7 August 2017

    We caught these common lizards (Lacerta vivipara) basking on top of a wooden post on the lower Mineslope, close to the old Porthmawr Adit. Usually they disappear like quicksilver, but they were possibly recharging their blood in the sun. As far as I can t…

  • Dozing Duck, Monmouthshire-Brecon Canal, Waterside Court, Cwmbran 8 August 2017

    This camera shy mallard was dozing on a semi submerged Asda trolley. As soon as I lifted the camera to my eye she slid off into the water.

  • Flower, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall 5 August 2017

    A daisy-like flower in the sub tropical garden; I dubbed it "tiger daisy".

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