On my stroll down to the P.P. a clump of parasol mushrooms give me cause to pause. The parasols are members of the genus Macrolepiota, and there are at least six species present in the U.K. The one seen today was M. procera, the commonest species and, in my limited experience, the most attractive. The specific name procera means 'tall' and fully-grown it can be quite impressive. It is apparently makes very good eating but correct identification is important, for the rather similar Shaggy Parasol, Chlorophytum rhacodes, may cause stomach upsets.
Macrolepiota procera is the commonest of our parasol mushrooms.
Byfield, Northants. 28 August, 2019
To be honest, although my visit was interesting there were few photo-opportunities to brighten up a blog. This female Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus, resolutely refused to pose in anything approaching a pleasing position but, rather surprisingly, was a new species for the patch.
The female 'blues' are not blue at all. On marjoram, Byfield Pocket Park.
28 August, 2019