There are 3 species on the UK list, and before digital technology careful examination with a microscope or a good hand lens was required. Today it can be seen from good macro images that it is not always necessary as in P. germanica has thickened parallel hypovalves on male genital capsule, which can be seen my image that they are calliper shaped identifying it as P. communis. (The wing pattern can also be decisive factor.)
The Yellow Flag Iris grows along the banks of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. If planted in a garden pond, unless it is a quite a large one it should be planted in suitable containers, as it is somewhat invasive. This one was growing in the margins of a small stream back in the early 2000’s, not anymore. Sadly iresponcible fly tippers have given cause for the local water authority to dredge it as often as twice a month, all twelve of them, over the years. It used to be maybe once a year, just basic bank and flow management, now actual refuse bins, TV’s, bikes, shopping trollies, mattresses along with soiled bedding, garden waste, to name but some of what is dumped in it. On one occasion creosote containers, which contained sufficient residue to pollute the local park lake killing the majority of its fish population through suffocation, it formed an oily film over the entire surface preventing it from dispersing and absorbing gasses plus poisoning the fish, (mainly the bronze bream), when they came to the surface gasping for oxygen. There is more to this event, but this is a fun challenge and I’ve probably spoilt it for some already, so sorry if that is the case. It was this photo, and many more from that period in time, that reminded me what the stream looked like once upon a time.
Iris pseudacorus is a species in the genus Iris, of the family Iridaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. Its specific epithet, meaning “false acorus,” refers to the similarity of its leaves to those of Acorus calamus, as they have a prominently veined mid-rib and sword-like shape.
Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the type genus of the family Passifloraceae.
They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous. For information about the fruit of the passiflora plant, see passionfruit. The monotypic genus Hollrungia seems to be inseparable from Passiflora, but further study is needed.
Of all the Hairstreaks, the Green, and Purple are the 2 I have recorded the most. This one, the Brown-letter Hairstreak is a first for me, well pleased! It was snapped on flowers growing in a border just under the perimeter of the lower branches of a huge, mature Elm.
A member of the Order Diptera, Family Syrphidae. Commonly referred to as Hoverflies, or Flower flies, this, and 1 or 2 others are also called drone flies. As with most hoverflies they are ether a bee or wasp mimic, this one is a bee look alike. I hasten to add that this one or any other species of hoverfly does not sting, or bite.