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Archive images - July 2016


Diving beetle larva - Acilius
                  sulcatus
   There were several of these diving beetle larvae in a ditch in King's Wood on 28 July 2016.  They are predators that eat small items such as daphnia.  The scientific name for this one is Acilius sulcatus.
It is hanging from the surface in this photo because it breathes through its tail appendages.





White admiral butterfly
   A rather tatty white admiral butterfly in King's Wood, 28 July 2016.





Ruddy darter dragonfly male
   A male ruddy darter dragonfly in King's Wood, 28 July 2016.





Tawny owl
   Tawny owl, at night, Alwins Field, 27 July 2016.





Meadow grasshopper
   Meadow grasshopper, Linslade Woods, 26 July 2016.





Harvestman
   A harvestman (a kind of spider with very long legs) in Linslade Woods, 26 July 2016.





Common white wave moth
   A common white wave moth in King's Wood, 23 July 2016.





Ruddy darter dragonfly
   A ruddy darter dragonfly hunting in King's Wood, 22 July 2016.
The black legs identify this as a ruddy darter and it's a female, so it will stay yellow rather than develop the red colour of the male.





Silver-washed fritillary
   Two male silver-washed fritillary butterflies snacking on bramble flowers, King's Wood, 22 July 2016.
The "silver wash" can be seen best on the right butterfly's underwing.





Gatekeeper butterfly
   A gatekeeper butterfly, King's Wood, 22 July 2016.





Rooks
   A pair of hot rooks sitting out scorching temperatures on a roof: Alwins Field, 18 July 2016.





Spider-hunting wasp
   A very small spider-hunting wasp attacking a small spider in our garden, Alwins Field, 17 July 2016.





Jackdaws
   The jackdaw chicks are well able to feed themselves now but that doesn't stop them begging (and getting food) from their parents. Alwins Field, 17 July 2016.





Summer chafer beetle
   A summer chafer beetle in our garden, Alwins Field, 16 July 2016.
These are fairly large beetles that swarm around trees at dusk.





Four-spotted chaser dragonfly
   A four-spotted chaser dragonfly at Ledburn Pit, 14 July 2016.





Red-eyed damselfly
   A male red-eyed damselfly at Ledburn Pit, 13 July 2016.





Emerald damselfly
   An emerald damselfly at Sandhouse Lane Nature Reserve, Heath and Reach, 13 July 2016.





Yellow-wort
   Yellow-wort in flower at Sandhouse Lane NR, 13 July 2016.





Ichneumon with mite
   An ichneumon (a parasitic wasp) with a mite attached to its knee.  Photographed in Linslade Woods, 12 July 2016.





Comma butterfly
   A comma butterfly in Linslade Woods, 12 July 2016.





Small skipper butterfly
  A small skipper butterfly in Linslade Woods, 12 July 2016.





Lady's bedstraw
   Lady's bedstraw at the Knaves Hill entrance to Linslade Woods, photographed on 12 July 2016.
Lady's bedstraw was dried and used to stuff mattresses as it contains a chemical that kills fleas.  It was also used to colour double-Gloucester cheese.





Knapweed
   Knapweed has an attractive flower - here a marmalade hoverfly is taking some nectar - Linslade Woods, 12 July 2016.





Hoverfly Merodon equestris
  The hoverfly Merodon equestris is a good bee mimic.  Hartwell Crescent, 1 July 2016.





Tree bumble bee Bombus hypnorum queen
  A queen tree bumble-bee (Bombus hypnorum) in a garden at Hartwell Crescent, 1 July 2016.




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