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World in a seed head

There’s a lot going on in this one seed head of orchard grass.

Seeds are falling out, tiny maggots are eating the seed and a spider is parcelling a fly. 36 more words

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Enchanter's nightshade

This nightshade is a member of the willowherb or evening primrose family (Onagraceae). Enchanter’s nightshade tends to like moist and shady conditions.

The Latin name is Circaea lutetiana. 28 more words

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Common nipplewort (Lapsana communis) is common in arable fields, woodland margins, hedgerows and wasteland.  It thrives on disturbed soil.

The closed flower buds resemble nipples hence the English name “nipplewort”.  49 more words

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Red admirable

The red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) was known as the red admirable until the 18th century due to its striking appearance – black wings edged in red bands. 96 more words

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Footballer fly

Helophilus pendulus is a common European hoverfly sometimes nicknamed the footballer fly due to its distinctive strip – Hull City maybe?  The Latin means “hanging marsh-lover” – the larvae can be found in a variety of waterbodies, from lakes and rivers to ditches and puddles. 43 more words

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Buttercup seedhead

Ranunculus is the Latin diminutive for rana “little frog” – many species are found near water.

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More Amorous Insects

Now we’re in the kingdom of the ‘true flies’, the Diptera. We don’t take specimens so all we have is the photo and the internet. To the eye they look like muscid flies (the ‘house fly’ family) but there are so many flies and they are so hard to tell apart. 180 more words

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