Very hot day, the birds are all skulking quietly in the shade but some insects have come out to play.
The dragonfly – I am pretty sure it is a fairly common Meadowhawk (if you are reading this in the UK you will know them as Darters) and I will venture that it might be a White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) – spent over half an hour sitting on the top of this cane in the vegetable garden, occasionally sallying forth to catch a midge or just get some air under its wings before returning to stare at me.
The yellow flowers are Black-eyed Susan, a very common late summer garden flower at this time of year which attracts a good number of insects. The reason for these two photographs is to show some confusing mimicry in that one flower is visited by a Hive Bee (Apis mellifera) while the other is visited by a bee-mimicing Hoverfly (species unknown). So, they both look like bees but one is actually a fly hoping you won’t notice.
A bit later in the afternoon, the Meadowhawk was still there so I had a go at him using the macro lens – this means getting to within just three or four inches of the insect but he didn’t seem especially worried and posed nicely.