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Archive images - September 2016

Leafhopper - Eupteryx decemnotata
Many insects seem to have been scarce all summer and suddenly they're common; this one is a leafhopper (Eupteryx decemnotata) that was photographed on our garden sage, Alwins Field, 30 September 2016.

Long-tailed tit
A long-tailed tit calling in the swaying trees alongside the River Ouzel, 28 September 2016.

Young moorhen
A very young moorhen chick near the Twelve Arches on the Grand Union Canal, Linslade, 28 September 2016.

Migrant hawker dragonfy
Male migrant hawker dragonfly patrolling his territory at Ledburn Pit, 21 September 2016.

Caddis fly eggs slime globule
Some caddis flies lay their eggs on foliage over water and the eggs make a glutinous mass when they take in water.  This photo shows one of these globules with eggs and larvae inside and was taken at Ledburn Pit on 20 September 2016.

Caddis fly
Caddis fly (Limnephiliidae) on a thistle at Ledburn Pit, 21 September 2016.  This is a member of the family of caddis that is responsible for the egg mass globules shown above.

Common plume moth - Emmelina
Common plume moth (Emmelina monodactyla) on netting on the Alwins Field allotments, 20 September 2016.  Plume moths look like moths when they fly but when they perch their wings are rolled up and stuck out at right-angles.

Red admiral butterfly
Red admiral butterfly feeding on thistle flowers in the Ouzel Meadows, 15 September 2016.  Red admirals are long distance migrants.  At this time of year they are mostly feeding and gradually making their way south.  When conditions are favourable they will cross the English Channel and may end up in France or Spain.  Owing to climate change, some red admirals now hibernate in the UK.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly
Small tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on thistle flowers in the Ouzel Meadows, 15 September 2016.  Small tortoiseshells hibernate in the UK over the winter.  This one is putting on fat so that it can survive in a tree, shed or attic and emerge in the spring.

Small copper butterfly
Small copper butterfly feeding on thistle flowers in the Ouzel Meadows, 15 September 2016.  Small coppers are tiny butterflies that do not survive the winter as adults.  This one may mate and leave eggs that will soon hatch into caterpillars.  The caterpillars are tough and live through the winter, pupating in the spring.

Four-spot orb-weaver spider
Four-spot orb-weaver spider in Vandyke Road, 14 September 2016.

Long-winged conehead - male
   A male long-winged conehead (with part of one antenna broken off) near Vandyke Road on 14 September 2016.

Emerald damselfly
   Emerald damselfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 13 September 2016.

Ruddy darter
   Ruddy darter at Sandhouse Lane NR, 13 September 2016.

Grey heron
   Grey heron, Grand Union Canal, Linslade, 11 September 2016.

Juvenile moorhen
   A juvenile moorhen seen on the Grand Union Canal towpath at Chelmscote on 11 September 2016.

Southern hawker dragonfly
   Southern hawker dragonfly laying her eggs in rocks beside our garden pond, Alwins Field, 7 September 2016.  She was doing this for over half an hour.

22-spot ladybird
   The 22-spot ladybird is much smaller than the commoner garden ladybirds and was seen in All Saints church on 7 September 2016.

Tawny owl
   2 a.m. visitor to the garden, a tawny owl listening/looking for mice.
Alwins Field, 3 September 2016.

Comma butterfly
   Comma butterfly warming in the sun on a nettle by the Grand Union Canal at Linslade, 2 September 2016.

Lesser marsh grasshopper
   Lesser marsh grasshopper (Chorthippus albomarginatus) in the Ouzel Meadows, 2 September 2016.

   Chiffchaff feeding in Linslade Woods, 1 September 2016.

   There are many young goldfinches about - this one decided to have a bath in the River Ouzel.  1 September 2016.

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