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Archive images - August 2017

A juvenile blackbird tasting (and not liking) fallen sloe berries on the old disused railway line footpath, 31 August 2017.

Green woodpecker - male
A male green woodpecker hiding under the equipment in Parson's Close playground, 31 August 2017, early in the morning before any children have arrived. Males have a red centre in their "moustache".

Lily beetle
A lily beetle (a garden pest but here on a potato plant) at Alwins Field allotments, 27 August 2017.

Many small chub live in the River Ouzel. These two were photographed from the Town Bridge on 26 August 2017.

Migrant hawker
A male migrant hawker dragonfly at Tiddenfoot WP, 23 August 2017.

Great crested grebes
Great crested grebe being followed by a half-grown chick at Tiddenfoot waterside Park, 23 August 2017.

Green woodpecker
A female green woodpecker (not in her best plumage), on our lawn and digging in for those ants, Alwins Field, 20 August 2017.

Southern hawker
A Southern hawker dragonfly by the Ouzel footpath, 18 August 2017.

Banded demoiselle
Several male banded demoiselles were fighting for the best perches in the sun by the viewing platform on the Ouzel, 18 August 2017.

Pine hawk-moth larva
A pine hawk-moth larva (caterpillar) about 8cm long, found on the Alwins Field allotments, 15 August 2017.
The caterpillar likes to feed on Scots pine but there are none nearby so it must have been on a similar conifer. It was probably searching for somewhere to pupate.

Deadly nightshade - Atropa belladonna
Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) berries on a small bush in Linslade, 12 August 2017.
The authorities have been informed of the presence of this extremely toxic plant.

Brimstone butterfly female
A brimstone butterfly feeding on knapweed in King's Wood NNR, Heath and Reach, 11 August 2017.

Emerald damselfly female
A female emerald damselfly in King's Wood, 11 August 2017.

Guelder rose berries
Berries on a guelder rose bush, King's Wood, 11 August 2017.

Peacock butterfly
A peacock butterfly, King's Wood, 11 August 2017.

White-legged damselfly
A white-legged damselfly, King's Wood, 11 August 2017.

A tiny froghopper, Sandhouse Lane NR, 11 August 2017.

Musk mallow
Musk mallow flowers, Sandhouse Lane NR, 11 August 2017.

Red admiral butterfly
Red admiral butterfly, Sandhouse Lane NR, 11 August 2017.

Roesel's bush-cricket female
Female Roesel's bush-cricket, Sandhouse Lane NR, 11 August 2017.

Spear thistle
Spear thistle, Sandhouse Lane NR, 11 August 2017.

Speckled wood butterfly
A fresh-looking speckled wood butterfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, photographed on 11 August 2017.

A kestrel hunting over the Ouzel Meadows, 5 August 2017.

Field grasshopper
A field grasshopper on the Alwins Field allotments, 4 August 2017.

Common blue butterfly
Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) on the Alwins Field allotments, 4 August 2017.

Small white butterfly - female
Female small white butterfly on the Alwins Field allotments, searching for cabbages on which to lay her eggs, 4 August 2017.

Hoverfly - Dasysyrphus albostriatus
Hoverfly (Dasysyrphus albostriatus) during the Greensand Trust's "Bug Lab" in Linslade Woods, 1 August 2017.

Wild carrot
Wild carrot in Linslade Woods, photographed during the Greensand Trust's "Bug Lab", 1 August 2017.  The little red flower in the centre is a distinguishing feature.

Cinnabar moth larva
A cinnabar moth larva on ragwort in Linslade Woods, 1 August 2017. The yellow and black stripes are a warning that this caterpillar is poisonous if eaten.

Digger wasp
A digger wasp on wild carrot in Linslade Woods, 1 August 2017.
It looks as if it is taking nectar but it could equally be catching flies.

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