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Archive images - May 2019

Pied Wagtail
  A Pied Wagtail collecting food for its chicks at Astral Lake Park on 30 May 2019.

  One of many Sand Martins collecting food for their chicks over the lake at Astral Lake Park on 30 May 2019. When they had enough they would fly over the by-pass to Grovebury Quarry, where they nest in burrows in the sand.

Orange-tip larvae
  We have half-a-dozen Orange-tip Butterfly larvae on Jack-by-the-hedge (aka Garlic Mustard) in our garden at Alwins Field.
Here are the biggest (25mm) and the smallest (5mm, inset)  photographed on 29 May 2019.

Common spotted orchid
  There are not many Common Spotted Orchids to be seen in Linslade Woods this year, 27 May 2019. Most are small, like this one.

Cardinal Beetle
  This is the Red-headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) - the Black-headed one is below. (Both have serrated antennae.) It was in Linslade Woods on 27 May 2019.

Soldier Beetle - Cantharis rustica
  Soldier beetles like this one have been appearing in numbers this week; it is Cantharis rustica - Alwins Field, 25 May 2019.

Red-girdled Mining Bee - Andrena labiata
A very small bee - this one is a male Red-girdled Mining Bee (Andrena labiata), Alwins Field, 25 May 2019.

A Dunnock (previously known as a Hedge Sparrow) at Tiddenfoot WP, 23 May 2019.

                  of the Valley
Lily of the Valley in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, 21 May 2019.

Cardinal beetle
A Black-headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa coccinea), found in King's Wood on 21 May 2019. (There is also Red-headed Cardinal species.)

Young Rook
A young Rook begging for food from its parent in our garden, Alwins Field, 20 May 2019.

Young Starling
A young Starling visiting our garden, Alwins Field, 19 May 2019.

Cinnabar Moth
Cinnabar Moth, Linslade Woods, 16 May 2019.
Some moths normally fly during the day - this is one.

Canada Geese - goslings
Five out of six goslings of Canada Geese at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, 13 May 2019.

Tufted Duck
A drake Tufted Duck at Tiddenfoot WP on 13 May 2019.
Normally these ducks swim away from people but he has lost a leg and presumably cannot feed by diving as normal.

A Rabbit munching away at Tiddenfoot WP, 13 May 2019.

Downy Emerald dragonfly
A Downy Emerald dragonfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 12 May 2019.

Drone fly - Eristalis pertinax
A Drone Fly, a kind of hoverfly, hovering in defence of his territory in the sun at Sandhouse Lane NR on 12 May 2019.

Buzzard and Jackdaw
A Common Buzzard being attacked by a Jackdaw near the Globe Inn, Linslade, 11 May 2019.

Mallard duckling
One of two Mallard ducklings with their mother on the canal near the Globe Inn, 11 May 2019.

Carrion Crow
A Carrion Crow on a canal boat near the Globe Inn, 11 May 2019.

Orange Tip Butterfly Egg
Orange Tip Butterfly egg, laid on Jack-by-the-hedge in our garden, Alwins Field, 10 May 2019.

OstracodsOstracods from Alwins Field allotments, 10 May 2019.
These are the orange-brown bean-shaped objects. They were in a water trough and are tiny crustaceans.
Here is a short video showing them feeding.

Mayfly - Pond Olive
A Mayfly in a water trough on the Alwins Field allotments. It is a male dun of a Pond Olive (Cloeon dipterum) which is very common. The dun stage is the first adult stage, when the mayfly emerges on the surface of the water and has to break free, fly away, and develop into its second stage. It is a male because it has "turbinate" eyes - the big lumps on the top of the head - and these are to spot females flying above. Alwins Field allotments, 9 May 2019.

Great Burnet
Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) coming into flower in Linslade Woods, 7 May 2019.

14-spot Ladybird
A 14-spot Ladybird in Linslade Woods, 7 May 2019.
This is a very small ladybird.

Crab spider
A small Crab Spider (probably Xysticus cristatus) in Linslade Woods on 7 May 2019. Crab spiders are ambush predators. You can see that it has eight eyes in this photo.

Common Vetch
Common Vetch flowering in Linslade Woods, 7 May 2019.

Red campion
Red Campion flowering in Linslade Woods, 2 May 2019.

Hairy Shieldbug
The Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) used to be called the Sloe Bug, but it doesn't really have a particular association with Sloes; there were several in Linslade Woods on 2 May 2019.

Brassica Shieldbugs
Brassica Bugs (Eurydema oloracea) have different colour forms. Here is a pair mating in Linslade Woods on 2 May 2019.

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