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Archive images - October 2018


Blue tit
  A blue tit near the bridge at Stockgrove (Rushmere) Park,
30 October 2018.





Carrion crow
  A carrion crow on its own on the boathouse in Stockgrove Park,
30 October 2018.





Damsel bug
  This rather dark creature is a plant-feeding bug (Alydus calcaratus) and it was by the entrance to Linslade Woods, 22 October 2018.





Fungi
  A group of fungi in an Alwins Field garden, 21 October 2018.
This is a very common toadstool called Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare); it starts off yellow but has gone brown with age.





Zebra spider - Salticus scenicus
  A Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) in Linslade Woods, 21 October 2018. It has four anterior eyes and two posterior eyes, which can be seen just above the two white smudges on the thorax.





Bluebottle - Calliphora vomitoria
  A Bluebottle Fly (Calliphora vomitoria) in Linslade Woods, 21 October 2018. The larvae of these flies (called Maggots) are used as bait by anglers, while they often turn up in crime novels as an aid to determining the date of death of a murder victim.





Peacock butterfly
  A peacock butterfly in our garden, Alwins Field, 19 October 2018.





Common wasp
  A Common Wasp in our garden, Alwins Field, on 19 October 2018, feeding around the ivy flowers. The queen wasp hibernates through the winter - the workers and drones have just a short time left.





Field mouse
 Long-tailed Field Mouse in our garden, Alwins Field, 3 October 2018.
(Photographed at night with flash.)





Green shieldbug
A well-camouflaged Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) in Linslade Woods, 4 October 2018.





Sun fly - Helophilus pendulus
A Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus) in Globe Lane, Linslade,
 on 3 October 2018. This one is looking a bit faded. It is one of the commonest hoverflies of the summer months.





Cross spider
A Cross Spider, Alwins Field, 2 October 2018.





Shepherd's Purse
The seed pods of Shepherd's Purse, which give the plant its name, Alwins Field, 2 October 2018.





Ground ivy
Ground Ivy in flower on Alwins Field, 2 October 2018.

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