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These photos were all taken in and around Staplefield over the last few weeks.
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16 July

It seems to be a particularly bad year (good year?) for blackfly aphids.
Here they are succking the juice from a beetroot that has gone to seed in the warm weather.

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Cinnebar moth caterpillars devouring ragwort

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photo courtesy of Margaret Dean


15 July

Quite a feast for a bird, but until then these grubs feed on the roots of garden plants, vegetables and lawns.
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11 July

Tracer, the very pale fallow doe, finds a bit of shade for her afternoon rest.

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This ringlet, slightly unusually, has almost no spots on its uppper wings.
It is one of the most common butterflies in the fields at the moment.

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9 July

Fox has just stopped to catch a scent on the breeze

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Some of the smallest flowers, like this clover are worth getting up close to.

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8 July

Poppies are dropping their leaves and leaving beautiful globle-shaped seed pods.

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Check the underside of your brassica leaves for butterfly eggs.
These will soon be hungry caterpillars. (Actually, these ones won't be.)

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6 July

Champagne season. Elderflowers in shadier spots are still in flower and ripe for picking.

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3 July

Not rabbit activity but an underground wasps' nest that a badger has dug out in search of grubs.
 

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Bracken might be a pest but its young fronds form in beautiful curves, with a slightly
'smoked' tinge of brown.

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The scotch thistles are growing an inch a day in this warmth. These are now reaching 7 ft.

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