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Archive images - August 2019


Southern Hawker
  A Southern Hawker dragonfly laying her eggs by our garden pond,
Alwins Field, 30 August 2019.





Leaf-cutter Bee
  A Leaf-cutter Bee leaving the bee hotel in our garden. She had been laying eggs and provisioning the cells in several tubes.
Alwins Field, 23 August 2019.





Migrant Hawker
  A male Migrant Hawker dragonfly patrolling Astral Park balancing pond, 21 August 2019.





Brown Hawker
  A female Brown Hawker dragonfly laying eggs at Astral Lake Park,
21 August 2019.





Small Red-eyed Damselfly
  A male Small Red-eyed Damselfly, one of hundreds at Astral Lake Park, 21 August 2019.





Grey Heron
  A Grey Heron by the Grand Union Canal at Linslade, 19 August 2019.





Mandarin
  A Mandarin (probably a drake in eclipse plumage) minding its business on the Grand Union Canal at Chelmscote, 19 August 2019.





Painted Lady butterfly
  A Painted Lady butterfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 18 August 2019.





Pond
                  Skaters
Pond Skaters mating at Sandhouse Lane NR, 18 August 2019.





Holly Blue butterfly
  A Holly Blue butterfly in our Alwins Field garden, 13 August 2019.





Common Blue butterfly
  A male Common Blue butterfly in Linslade Woods, 13 August 2019.





Common Darter dragonfly
  A male Common Darter dragonfly at Ledburn Pit, 8 August 2019.





Grass Snake
  A Grass Snake (about three feet long) at Ledburn Pit, 8 August 2019. There is a short video here.





Brown Argus butterfly
  A Brown Argus butterfly in Linslade Woods, 7 August 2019.





Common Field Grasshopper
  A Common Field Grasshopper in Linslade Woods, 7 August 2019.





Large White butterfly
  A Large White butterfly in Linslade Woods, 7 August 2019.





Leafcutter bee
  A Leafcutter Bee taking pollen from Ragwort in Linslade Woods on
5 August 2019.
Female Leafcutter Bees collect pollen on brushes all over the underside of the abdomen - hence its yellow colour.





Ichneumon and Cinnabar Moth larva
  An Ichneumon (a kind of wasp) injecting an egg into a Cinnabar Moth larva in Linslade Woods, 5 August 2019.
The egg will hatch and grow inside the larva, eating its host and finally killing it before it flies away. The ovipositor is very long and is bent from the rear of the Ichneumon under its body and is seen here projecting under its head.





Peacock butterfly
  A Peacock butterfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 4 August 2019.





Common Centaury
  Common Centaury in flower, Sandhouse Lane NR, 4 August 2019.





Ruddy Darter dragonfly
  A Ruddy Darter dragonfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 4 August 2019.





Emerald Damselfly
  A close-up of a female Emerald Damselfly showing the spines on its legs that help it to capture and eat small insects.
Sandhouse Lane NR, 4 August 2019.





Azure Damselfly
A male Azure Damselfly at Sandhouse Lane NR, 4 August 2019.




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