So after being shut in for so long and the travel distance relaxed I took to visiting the local canal for a wildlife fix.

Who’d have thought a Stinging Nettle would have such beauty?

picture of Stinging Nettle
New shoot of Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

And here’s a chap whose young will feed on the nettle. Can’t help thinking this is our version of an Elk. Six legged of course.

picture of Nettle Weevil
Adult Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus)

The Yellow Flag Iris a star of our waterways. Tall and elegant and not too showy.

picture of Yellow Flag
Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus) in flower

They may have had their names changed but to me they will always be Umbellifers. This a poisonous member of the Carrot family.

Hemlock Water Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata) in flower

Here a hoverfly enjoying the nectar from the Dropwort.

picture of a Hoverfly
Adult Hoverfly (Eristalis sp)

And on the stem of the Dropwort an Alderfly. It’s a popular plant today.

Adult Alderfly (Sialis lutaria)

Dragonflies and Damselflies are some of my favorites. Drawing me to water.

picture of Blue-tailed Damselfly
Male Blue-tailed Damselfly ((Ischnura elegans)