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Hello cate, if you go to latest posts you'll see a green box with new thread. start there
cate, you need to stat a new thread or things will get very confused
Verbascum blattaria is a bit wrinkly but shiny, not hairy. Nothing like those big furry giants.
I'm in no position to criticise your photography I'm lucky if the subject apprears in the end result
I think the first is Cichorium intybus, chicory.
A photo of the whole plant would help for 2. close--ups are fine but don't give a complete picture of the plant.
Flowers, leaves and overall appearance do the trick
Another possibility for 4 is one of the oenotheras (not biennis)
I'd expect water boatman and diving beetles fairly soon
Maybe not the one. Something with a very low frequency sound that I didn't recognize but tried to match up in the insect book
Is that the one that's very loud in flight Bob?
I think Will is right, Euphorbia lathyris, caper spurge.