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Archive images - July 2017


Small copper butterfly
A small copper butterfly at Rushmere Park, during the Greensand Trust's "Bug Lab", 27 July 2017.





Silver Y moth
A silver Y moth at Rushmere Park, 27 July 2017. The marking on each wing gives this moth its name.





Meadow grasshopper
A meadow grasshopper in Linslade Woods, 24 July 2017.





Small tortoiseshell caterpillars
About a hundred small tortoiseshell caterpillars were on the nettles surrounding a dog poo bin in Linslade Woods, 24 July 2017.
The black blobs are "frass" (caterpillar poo).





Thick-headed fly
Because of their wide heads, these creatures are called "thick-headed flies", or Conopids. This one has four bands on the abdomen and is Conops quadrifasciatus; it was in Linslade Woods on 24 July 2017.





Banded demoiselle female
A female banded demoiselle at Ledburn Pit, 17 July 2017.
There are no bands on the female - only the male has them.





Black-tailed skimmer male
Black-tailed skimmer at Ledburn Pit, 17 July 2017.
Only the males are blue.





Brown hawker female
A brown hawker (female) laying her eggs at Ledburn Pit on 17 July 2017.





Red-eyed damselflies
Red-eyed damselflies in tandem on a floating feather: Ledburn Pit, 17 July 2017. The female does not have red eyes.





Small red-eyed damselflies
Small red-eyed damselflies in tandem with the female laying eggs in weed: Ledburn Pit, 17 July 2017. The female does not have red eyes.





Lady's bedstraw
Lady's bedstraw in the churchyard at All Saints, Leighton Buzzard on 11 July 2017.
It was dried and used to fill mattresses and can also be used in cheesemaking.





Essex skipper butterfly
A male Essex skipper butterfly at All Saints Leighton Buzzard photographed on 11 July 2017.





Common carder bee
A common carder bee (a bumble-bee) at All Saints church, Leighton Buzzard on 11 July 2017.





Gatekeeper butterfly
A gatekeeper butterfly (aka hedge brown) in the orchard at Astral Park on 10 July 2017.





Marbled white
A marbled white butterfly at Astral Park on 10 July 2017.





Six-spot burnet moth
A six-spot burnet moth on knapweed in the orchard at Astral Park on 10 July 2017.





Cross spider
Across spider (showing off the cross marking) in the orchard at Astral Park on 10 July 2017.





Roesel's bush-cricket
A Roesel's bush-cricket in the orchard, Astral Park on 10 July 2017.
This one is an immature female.





Emerald damselfly
An emerald damselfly in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, 6 July 2017.





White-legged damselfly
A white-legged damselfly in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, photographed on 6 July 2017.





Silver-washed fritillary butterfly
A silver-washed fritillary butterfly in King's Wood, Heath and Reach on 6 July 2017. These are big, fast flying butterflies.





Summer chafer beetle
A summer chafer beetle in our garden, Alwins Field, 3 July 2017.





Comma butterfly
A comma butterfly, Linslade Woods, 2 July 2017.





Large skipper butterfly
A male large skipper butterfly in Linslade Woods, 2 July 2017.
He was waiting in a sunny patch for a female to come along.





Ringlet butterfly
Many ringlet butterflies were in Linslade Woods on 2 July 2017.





Red-tailed bumble bee
This red-tailed bumble bee was enjoying a nectar feast on an achillea in a Malvern Drive garden, 2 July 2017.





Great tit
One of a pair of great tits taking food to its offspring in a nest box in our garden, Alwins Field, 1 July 2017.





Field grasshopper
A field grasshopper in our garden, Alwins Field, 1 July 2017.





Hoverfly ovipositing
A hoverfly laying eggs in our rockery, Alwins Field, 1 July 2017.




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