Dog rose and beetle thing!
Went for a walk in the afternoon to clear my head of all the nonsense from the previous 24 hours. Noticeably more insect life about, including a Banded Demoiselle down The Street, plenty of Common Blue Damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor and, I think Brown Hawker over the lake. Also Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet were on the wing. A lone female Mandarin was in the trees by the lake, the female Grey Wagtail was feeding along the western edge, the family party of Lesser Whitethroat were along the hedge from the dam and the first juvenile Reed Warblers were much in evidence in the reed-bed.
Male Black-tailed Skimmer, devouring a ‘green bottle’
First Meadow Brown I’ve seen this year