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Archive images - May 2016


Common newt male
  A male common newt from our garden pond, Alwins Field, photographed on 29 May 2016.





Catsear
  Catsear (or cat's ear) on Rammamere Heath, 28 May 2016.





Grasshopper nymph
  A tiny grasshopper nymph on Rammamere Heath, 28 May 2016.





Green tiger beetles
  Green tiger beetles are fierce predators.  This pair is otherwise engaged on Rammamere Heath, 28 May 2016.





Lily of the valley
  Lily of the valley starting to flower in King's Wood, Heath and Reach on 28 May 2016.





Hairy shieldbug
  A hairy shieldbug at Tiddenfoot WP on 24 May 2016.





House martin
  A house martin hunting over the Grand Union Canal at Grove Church on 22 May 2016.





Banded demoiselle male
  A male banded demoiselle by the River Ouzel in the Peace Meadow (Tiddenfoot WP) on 19 May 2016.





Common blue damselfly with spider
  The immature female common blue damselfly had been caught in the spider's web and was being eaten.  Tiddenfoot WP, 19 May 2016.





Red-eyed damselfly
  An immature red-eyed damselfly having a rest from hunting around the comfrey at Tiddenfoot WP, 19 May 2016.





Four-spotted chaser
  A four-spotted chaser dragonfly in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, 16 May 2016.





Red-girdled mining bee
  A red-girdled mining bee (Andrena labiata) in our garden, Alwins Field, 15 May 2016.





Red kite
  A red kite, one of three soaring over Knaves Hill, 14 May 2016.





Common tern
  A common tern, having just caught a fish from the canal, at Grove Church, 14 May 2016.





Reeves' muntjac
  A mature male Reeves' muntjac in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, on 12 May 2016.
These are small deer, sometimes known as pig-deer or barking deer, and easily mistaken for a large dog.





Rook
  One of the ten rooks that regularly visit our garden at Alwins Field.  Several of them take sunflower seeds from the feeders; we are very impressed with this acrobatic individual that was limping a couple of months ago but is now recovered, although you can see its right toes are damaged.  Photographed on 12 May 2016.





Green hairstreak butterfly
  Green hairstreak butterfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 9 May 2016.





Little egret
  Little egret with an itch, near Clipstone Brook, 6 May 2016.





Green-veined white butterfly
  Green-veined white butterfly near Clipstone Brook, 6 May 2016.





Speckled wood butterfly
  Speckled wood butterfly near Clipstone Brook, 6 May 2016.





Brimstone butterfly - female
  Brimstone butterfly female taking nectar from bluebells in Linslade Woods, 4 May 2016.





Small white butterfly
  Small white butterfly in Linslade Woods, 4 May 2016.





Common storksbill
  The flowers of common storksbill soon lose their petals, as shown here.  This was photographed at Sandhouse Lane NR on 3 May 2016.





Shining cranesbill
  Shining cranesbill in Sandhouse Lane may be a garden escape, or it may be wild.  Photographed 3 May 2016.





Mallard duck
  This is "our" duck having a wash in our garden pond, Alwins Field, on 2 May 2016.  She is probably on a nest somewhere as she just visits us for lunch and a quick wash and brush-up each day.

For many years, we had a different pair of mallards visiting our garden, but this year we have a new pair.  Apart from differing in their markings from the previous pair, the new ones prefer different food.





Common wasp queen
  A common wasp queen (Vespula vulgaris) in our garden, Alwins Field, 2 May 2016.




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