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Archive images - June 2019

Roesel's Bush-cricket
  A Roesel's Bush-cricket at Rammamere Heath on 30 June 2019.
This is a young one, a male with very small wing buds. It will need wings (possibly to fly) but it rubs them together to make a buzzing noise that attracts a mate.

Speckled Bush-cricket
  A Speckled Bush-cricket in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, 30 June 2019. This one is a very young male; no wings are visible.

Ringlet butterfly
  A Ringlet butterfly in All Saints (LB) churchyard, 29 June 2019.

White-letter Hairsteak
  White-letter Hairstreak is one of our scarcest butterflies and is rarely seen - this was one of several in Linslade Woods on 28 June 2019.
It lives on Elm trees (now rare) and is usually on the topmost leaves. The holes in the leaves are made by the caterpillars, the butterfly feeds mostly on honeydew.

Broad-bodied Chaser
  A Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly visiting our garden pond, Alwins Field, 27 June 2019.

Hoverfly - Callicera aurata female
  A scarce hoverfly (female Callicera aurata) visiting an Oriental Poppy on the Alwins Field allotments, 27 June 2019.

Banded Demoiselle - female
  A female Banded Demoiselle near the River Ouzel, 24 June 2019.
Only the male has dark bands on its wings.

  A Lacewing near the River Ouzel on 24 June 2019.

Painted Lady butterfly
  A Painted Lady butterfly in our garden, Alwins Field, 22 June 2019.
Painted Ladies are migratory butterflies and disperse northwards from North Africa in the early summer.

Grey Heron
  Grey Heron fishing on the canal at Linslade, 20 June 2019.

Blue-tailed Damselfly
  A Blue-tailed Damselfly at Tiddenfoot WP, 20 June 2019.

Lesser Stag Beetle
  Lesser Stag Beetle found in our garden, Alwins Field, 19 June 2019.

Southern Hawker dragonfly
  A Southern Hawker dragonfly just emerged from our garden pond, Alwins Field, 18 June 2019.

Common Yellow-face Bee
  This is a tiny (4mm) Common Yellow-face Bee (Hylaeus communis) in our garden, Alwins Field, 17 June 2019.
There are many species of Yellow-face bees, but this is the one most commonly found in gardens.

Box Bug
  A Box Bug (Gonocerus acuteangulatus) on the handle of a wheelie bin in our garden, Alwins Field, 14 June 2019.
The first report of this bug in Bedfordshire occurred in 2009.

White Plume Moth
  A White Plume Moth in our garden, Alwins Field, 14 June 2019.

Speckled Wood butterfly
  A Speckled Wood butterfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 9 June 2019.

Black Snipefly - female
  The Black Snipefly is a carnivore. This female was at Sandhouse Lane NR, 9 June 2019, sitting on Japanese Knotweed, waiting to pounce on a smaller insect passing by.

Large Skipper butterfly
  A Large Skipper butterfly feeding on Red Clover in Linslade Woods,
6 June 2019.

Hoverfly - Volucella bombylans
  A bee-mimic hoverfly (Volucella bombylans) in Linslade Woods,
6 June 2019.

Little Egret
  A Little Egret in the Ouzel, seen from the Town Bridge, 5 June 2019.

The Mullein Moth
  A caterpillar of a moth known as "The Mullein". There were several of these on a Great Mullein on Alwins Field allotments, 5 June 2019.

Reed Bunting
  A Reed Bunting singing at Astral Lake Park, 3 June 2019.

Mother Shipton Moth
  Mother Shipton Moth at Astral Lake Park, 3 June 2019.
Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire "witch" and the moth gets the name from the apparent image of her face on its forewing.

  This Yellowhammer was in a ditch, where it seems to have had a bath, at Astral Lake Park on 3 June 2019.

Large Red Damselflies
  A pair of Large Red Damselflies by the pond in our Alwins Field garden, 2 June 2019. The male clasps the female by the neck and does not let go until they have mated and she has laid her eggs.

7-spot Ladybird Larva
  The larva of a 7-spot Ladybird, Alwins Field garden, 2 June 2019.

  A Hedgehog in our Alwins Field garden at 3 am, 2 June 2019.

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