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Archive images - August 2016

Migrant hawker dragonfly
   Migrant hawker dragonflies are resident in the UK.  This male was hunting at Sandhouse Lane NR on 30 August 2016.

Red bug - Deraeocoris ruber
   "Red bug" is not a great name for Deraeocoris ruber, but that's what it's stuck with.  This rather orange one was at Sandhouse Lane NR on 30 August 2016.

Marbled beauty moth
   British moths were given their names by keen Victorian lepidopterists.  This one is the "marbled beauty".  It was on our kitchen window, Alwins Field, 21 August 2016.

Green woodpecker Juvenile male
   A young green woodpecker in our garden.  He had a bath in the pond and ate some ants.  Alwins Field, 17 August 2016.

   A young wren in the meadows by the River Ouzel, 16 August 2016.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly
   A small tortoiseshell butterfly taking nectar from thistles in the Ouzel Meadows, 16 August 2016.

Holly blue butterfly
   A holly blue butterfly laying her eggs on ivy flowers on the canal towpath near the Globe Inn, 12 August 2016.
The holly blue has two broods each year.  The first brood females lay their eggs on holly in the Spring, the second brood lays its eggs on ivy in the late Summer, and they hatch in the following Spring.

   A moorhen on the run in the River Ouzel, 10 August 2016.

Banded demoiselle male
   A male banded demoiselle near the Globe Inn, 10 August 2016.

Mallard ducklings
   Two out of the three ducklings being guarded by mum mallard near the Globe Inn, 10 August 2016.

Barn swallow
   A barn swallow over the canal near Grove Church, 9 August 2016.

   A badger photographed at dusk in Leighton Buzzard, 5 August 2016.

Acorns on oak tree
   Acorns forming on an oak tree in Linslade Woods, 5 August 2016.

Oak bush-cricket
   Oak bush-crickets are often found under the leaves of oak trees. This female was found during the Greensand Trust's Bug Lab in Linslade Woods on 5 August 2016.

Brown argus butterfly
   A brown argus butterfly at Astral Park orchard, 4 August 2016.

Cinnabar moth caterpillar
   A cinnabar moth caterpillar on ragwort at the Astral Park orchard on 4 August 2016.

Common blue damselfly eating spider
   A common blue damselfly eating a small spider, photographed at the Astral Park orchard, 4 August 2016.

Spider eating a fly
   A spider eating a small fly at Astral Park orchard, 4 August 2016.

Meadow grasshopper
   A meadow grasshopper allowing close inspection at the Bug Lab at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, 2 August 2016.

Common blue damselfly
   One of the most common insects found during the Bug Lab at Tiddenfoot on 2 August 2016 was the common blue damselfly.

Grey heron
   A grey heron coming in to land at Grove Church lock, photographed on 1 August 2016.

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