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Archive images - October 2016


Field digger wasp
   Field digger wasp (Mellinus arvensis) in a sandy area at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, 31 October 2016.





Bracket fungus
   Several bracket fungi growing on a dead tree at Tiddenfoot WP on 31 October 2016.





Common darter dragonfly
   A common darter dragonfly, about to dart off in pursuit of prey, photographed at Ledburn Pit on 31 October 2016.





Cross spider
   A large cross spider sitting in her web in our garden sage, Alwins Field, 25 October 2016.





Pied wagtail
   A pied wagtail was hunting for flies on the playing field at Alwins Field at lunchtime today - 25 October 2016.





Grey wagtail
   A grey wagtail was hunting for flies in our garden this morning - Alwins Field - 21 October 2016.





Common newt
   The rain brought out this young common newt in our garden, Alwins Field, on the night of 15 October 2016.





House sparrow
   House sparrow on the guttering of Hockliffe Street Baptist Church, Leighton Buzzard, 14 October 2016.
House sparrows were once very common in town centres but are now quite scarce.  A small group is hanging on in the Peacock Mews/Hockliffe Street/Library area.





Grey squirrel
   A grey squirrel in All Saints churchyard, Leighton Buzzard, 14 October 2016.  Cute or a pest?





Hawthorn shieldbug
   A hawthorn shieldbug on nettles in All Saints churchyard, Leighton Buzzard, 14 October 2016.





Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus
                  female
   A small hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) feeding on a dog rose in All Saints churchyard, Leighton Buzzard on 14 October 2016.





Red kite
   Red kite, Alwins Field, 11 October 2016.





Grey heron
   Grey heron, Grove Church, 10 October 2016.





Blackberries
   Ripening blackberries, Southcott, 9 October 2016.





Picture-wing fly Acidia cognata
   A picture-wing fly (Acidia cognata), in Linslade Woods, photographed on 6 October 2016.
This is a small fly, the only one in its genus native to the UK, and this was only the second time that it has been recorded in Bedfordshire.
(Mind you, not many people are looking for small flies, even if they are a bit unusual.)





7-spot ladybird
   The 7-spot ladybird is supposed to be the commonest of our native ladybirds, but I've seen very few this year.  This one was in Linslade Woods on 6 October 2016.





Hairy shield-bug
   Hairy shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum), photographed in Linslade Woods, 6 October 2016.





Ichneumon wasp
   An ichneumon wasp in Linslade Woods, 6 October 2016.





Red admiral butterfly
   Red admiral butterfly feeding on ivy flowers in our garden, Alwins Field, 2 October 2016.




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